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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board

Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Board Index

KeltoKel-I know exactly what you're going through. (i keep trying to post in your thread but my computer shuts down). DD is just about 7mo and fromt he time she was born until 2 weeks ago she was up ever 30-minutes to an hour at night. She sleeps in her crib now, but this also happened in the beginning when we co-slept. It was absolute torture. I was the only one getting up to help her at night. During the day she is extremely high needs and requires constant entertainment and body contact. I wasn't getting any rest and neither was she. She rarely napped and could not play all.

We tried all the tricks people suggested. The car seat, the swing, inclining the mattress and so on. The problem is if a baby stirs awake they need all of the same elements that were originally there to fall back asleep, so if you are there when she falls asleep the first time in the night.....she will cry for you everytime she wakes up. My DD always wanted the bottle or the breast.

Her doctor told me she needs to fall alseep in the crib on her own or she will keep waking up and develop bad sleeping habits. I ignored this recommendation because I didn't want to let my daughter cry for a second. I held on to faith that things would get better, but they never did. Finally I let her cry. I sat next to her and rubbed her back and reassured her the first night. It only took 25 minutes and she was not crying the whole time. (sometimes she would stop and play and then cry). That night she slept for 8 hours straight. It was amazing. After that each night it took less and less time. Sometimes I would leave the room for 2 or 3 minutes and come back and check on her. After 4 nights she was falling asleep as soon as I walk out the door and sleeping from 8:00pm-5:00am. I know a lot of people don't agree with this method and neither did I, but it turns out it was exactly what she needed. Yay! Can you imagine going from waking up AT LEAST hourly to actually getting 8 hours or more of sleep? It's great. And now she is playing GREAT by herself too!

I hope you find something that works for you!

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