Posted by: rhea | 2008/12/15


child doesnt want to sleep

my daughter is 1 and doesnt want to sleep. She has 1 nap during the day {10.00} for about 2 hrs and is awake from that time. She only goes to sleep at 10 in the night and that to i must force her. its really stressful as im working. Any suggestions

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No sedatives are permitted for babies of this age.Your baby does seem to need very little sleep. First try to establish a routine. After her evening meal and bottle put her to bed and read to her for a while,then kiss her goodnight and leave the room.If she starts to cry allow her to cry for 5 minutes before going to her. Just reassure her and leave the room. Now add a minute to the time if she cries again. This is the controlled crying method. Keep adding a minute to the time when she starts to cry. She will eventually get so tired that she will fall asleep. It may take more than one night and it is very stressful but this method will work.

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Posted by: Mom | 2008/12/17

Hi Rhea, I know what your going through and its tough especially being a working mom. I got this exact same advise (controlled crying method) from this paed many months ago and I can tell you I have since never turned back. It was extremely nerve wrecking in the beginning and you have to stick it out as hard as it might be. It took us 4 nights of me balling my eyes out outside my LO' s bedroom, but it worked like a charm and we have an excellent little sleeper now, he goes to bed at 7:30 and I don' t hear a peep until 6am.

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