Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Anzel | 2011-03-01


Change in sleep pattern

Good day,

My daughter is 2 years and 2 months old. She''s slept through from birth, but a week after her second birthday she started refusing to sleep in her bed and if she falls asleep in her bed, she wakes up at around 01:00 and cries until I take her with me and put her in my bed where she then sleeps until morning.

I know that she is teething and sometimes says " Eina" , but she used to be very routine orientated. I put her in bed at 19:00 with her bottle and she would sleep through, but lately she will fight until 22:00 until someone gives in and puts her in bed with them.

Please advise what I can do as I am tired and at my wits end.


Expert's Reply



This is very common. It is difficult to be sure what started your daughter's sleeping problem but it may have been some separation anxiety. Now she has become used to sleeping in your bed or someone else's bed. This obviously has to stop. You say that you are tired and at your wits end.Keep up your set bedtime routine and read to her before she falls asleep in her own bed. Then if she wakes up you will have to use the 'controlled crying method' [see Google] This is very hard on the nerves but if you do not give in it will work. Do not make the mistake of allowing her back into your bed while you are trying this method.

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