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DS just started preschool in September and before this we've never really had any real "behaviour" issues with him- I guess we're lucky in that regard. He has his bad tantrums and normal kid stuff but nothing we couldn't handle and nothing that I couldn't try different ways to address it and eventually find something that worked to avoid, eliminate or defuse the behaviour. So I'm just baffled now and would love to hear any of your suggestions.   We've been getting lots...
I'm sorry I didn't return to this thread for so long! I didn't get any subscription notices. Anyway thanks for the advice- we have decided to keep him in school for a number of reasons and we are trying some different things at school and at home. It's still pretty much the same but we are working more closely and communicating better with his teachers. Thanks again.
I'm getting kinda stressed out about DS at school. He just started preschool a month ago and he has gotten used to the routine, doesn't cry at drop-off and looks forward to school and says he likes it. He is generally happy about school as far as we can tell or I would pull him out if he wasn't or if he wasn't ready. BUT his teachers say he cries on and off all morning for reasons they usually can't decipher (he's really sensitive and easily frustrated) and when they try...
Yeah. I've been doing that late-night googling in desperation trying to find the miracle thing that will make my baby girl sleep. This is all so traumatic to me to be doing this again after dealing with the same stuff with DS 3 years ago. But here I am again. Beyond desperate.   Anyway- I'm trying to keep an open mind and try things that I didn't consider before- short of CIO. For now. So this "baby sleep site" keeps popping up and I'm wondering if the sleep "specialist"...
Three year olds are TOUGH. I didn't know - everyone always talks about 2 year olds...   But I've been here on these night-time boards since my son was a newborn and yep now he's three. I was here just recently venting about how he my husband is being psychologically beat down by him! But we have made progress and I didn't update that thread so I'll do it here.   My husband just decided enough was enough. He would not lie with my son for hours to get him to go sleep...
Hi there I've been in your shoes, and some nights I still kind of am with my 3 yr old! We have a history that sounds a lot like yours. But things have gotten progressively better over since we night weaned (started at 18 months and finished with complete weaning at 2 years old). Maybe someone will tell you differently, but I don't think you can nightwean without tears! At least a little crying because baby will be sad about it inevitably. And mad. And miss it,...
LilyTiger, Props to you for keeping a baby diary!!! That's crazy cool- I wish I had done the same with my first. I try to remember how things went with him, but all I remember is being a sleep deprived mess. A record of any methods I tried wouldn't help me now though because nothing ever worked!   Right now DD looks like she is on a pretty similar routine as yours was around 6 months with shorter naps and maybe a few more wakings at night. You are so lucky that yours...
I think I landed in this schedule with my son and it worked well, but he was older IIRC. 4 hours awake time seems like a lot for a 5 month old- won't she be overtired by bedtime? Especially if she is still only napping for 30 mins... And if I implement this schedule with her current nap lengths, she'll be in bed waay to early. Wakes at 6, naps at 8, naps at 11:30, bed at 4 pm! LOL. Hmm... I'm willing to try anything but how would this work???   When you used this...
DD has been a catnapper since she stopped her constant newborn sleeping at around 8 or 9 weeks. I've tried extending and shortening her wake periods. Tried "wake to sleep". Tried letting her fuss till she goes back to sleep. Tried putting her back to sleep right when she wakes. Nothing works. She is tired, barely lasting through 2-hr wake periods and I think it's affecting her night time sleep rather negatively lately. Also, I am really REALLY fed up with having to put...
The swing was the key for us when DD went through this phase. I know you said he wakes in it too- make sure you are using it on a very high setting. It seems crazy, but they sleep better on the fastest settings. Also, do you swaddle? This might help too. And white noise- I can't say enough great things about white noise. Just loud static, water/ocean noises. It's got to be pretty loud and consistent too.  You might be already doing all these things. If so, I'm out of...
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