Insane screamer

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Registered: 07-31-2007
Insane screamer
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Tue, 05-04-2010 - 8:39pm
Hi all...
About 2 months ago my previously good sleeping 2 yr old has entered a nightime screaming phase, and its NOT ending!! Every night she screams and cries in her crib for at least an hour. I usually go in there once or twice, tell her to stop and that im not coming back and close her door. I know it is unproductive to keep going in there, weve done that, it just makes it even more frustrating for my huband and me. But I thought she would get it by now. After a long day it is really stressful. Any insights? Thanks!
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Registered: 10-30-2007
In reply to: eviestar
Wed, 05-05-2010 - 12:31pm

When Logan went through that stage, I tried a combo of the comforting thing and the super nanny thing ;) The first time he would cry I would go in, comfort him, reassure, ect... after that I moved to the Super nanny approach of putting him back into his bed without saying anything - and then waiting longer each time I went in. I also did night lights and music to see if that would help. I think if they know that you're going to come back in - even to tell them to stop - its still attention... and they still cry to get it.

I guess I would suggest trying a few things to make she's comfortable... and then work on going in less. It sort of sucks... but it works if you stay consistent...

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Registered: 11-27-2007
In reply to: eviestar
Fri, 05-14-2010 - 5:27pm
I hear that being a super nanny really works. I've never dealt with this issue because I co-sleep with my daughter, but I think once she does start sleeping alone, I will take the tough love approach. I had a friend who was a working mom who simply didn't have the time to stay up all night rocking her baby to sleep, and she said she just left her son alone to cry. She said he cried for a few days, but after that, he always slept the whole night through.
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Registered: 08-21-2005
In reply to: eviestar
Thu, 05-20-2010 - 3:20pm
Breaking my heart.
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Registered: 07-29-2010
In reply to: eviestar
Thu, 07-29-2010 - 4:47pm
Hey, I can tell by the way you're coming across in your post (frustrated) , that this is something that has really got you at your rope's end, so to speak. Did you ever consider that maybe you daughter is unable to just "stop it"??? Children go through numerous transitions that have traumatic or "not her norm" presentations at night. For instance they do sometime get what is commonly called "growing pains", yes this is REALLY an occurance. It's painful for kids, and at such a young age, they don't understand what's going on w/ them. And OFTEN, especially roughly your daughter's age, they may begin to experience what some pediatricians call "night terrors". A little more than a typical nightmare and it can leave the child shaken for a while. Have you ever considered, going into your daughter & comforting her & assuring her that you're there for her? A lot of times, for kids, even though they're going through something that can't be controlled or explained, just KNOWING we're there & will be close by, it's enough to calm them!! She may even be teething, the two year molars are supposed to be really painful! These are just a couple of things that maybe going on. I can undersatnd you're aggrivation, but just remember that when things go "bump in the night" for our little ones, however insane it may seem to us, WE are the only ones they have to help them get through it or even understand the situation....good luck!!