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  Thanks so much for these great suggestions.   I actually do have a very supportive DH who more than pulls his weight to give me some rest - I sleep in on weekdays when he is up getting ready for work while DS is up also, when DH comes home he hangs out with DS and gives him dinner while I exercise or read etc, and on weekends we take turns...one day one of us sleeps in, the other day the other one....and DH is completely supportive when I have a night out or take an...
Thankyou everyone for your thoughtful and supportive replies.   Just as some more background, the main thing triggering my moods is sleep deprivation. My gorgeous son has always been a crappy sleeper - waking ever 1-2 hours until he was 13 months, and now at 28 months still wakes a few times a night. He has always needed lots of help to fall asleep and get back to sleep. So bedtime has always been a very draining and stressful time.  For about 6 months now he also...
I am having a very hard time staying calm with my 28 month old, and lately I have been snapping at him and yelling uncontrollably. For example, I just put him down for his nap a while ago.  Our usual routine is to read a book, have kisses, then sit in the rocking chair and sing "rock a bye baby", then lay down together while I sing and cuddle with him.  Lately, after we leave the rocking chair and lay down, he starts to whine.  So then I end up sitting back in the...
Hi there!   I have a 2 year old son who has always been a crappy sleeper - he woke every hour until he was 13 months, now wakes at least 4 times a night.   We've tried so many different things to improve his sleep but ultimately nothing has made a difference, so we have basically accepted this is his sleep temperament and figure that he will eventually grow out of it.   But do crappy sleeping babies/toddlers really "grow out of it" or do their just turn into...
By the way, are there any parents reading this who have older kids who went through this as babies/toddlers?  I think it would be helpful to read some perspective and reassurance from someone who has come through the other side.  And also some reassurance that there is an end in sight?
I'm sorry I don't have any practical advice to give, I just wanted to offer some sympathy and to say that you have not alone with having an extreme crappy sleeper.  I totally get that you tried soooo many things and they have not made any difference.  Despite what the experts say, I do think that plenty of kids are not "trainable" when it comes to sleep - they sleep the way they sleep and will sleep better when they are developmentally capable.   My son is 2 years...
My son is 2 years old and continues to breastfeed.  My periods have not returned, and I'm suprised because I thought they would have returned by now.   I'm nearly 40 and my husband and I would like to try for another baby.  So I'm anxious not ovulating, since my fertility window is already closing.   My son nurses during the day about 5 times, then at 8pm before bed.  He was waking around 1am to nurse but recently I have been encouraging him to go back to sleep...
Hi everyone - firstly sorry if this does not belong here, but I couldn't find another spot for it to go.   So before my baby was born I was interested in EC, but with loads of breastfeeding challenges and just being overwhelmed by the demands of new motherhood, I had no more mental headspace for anything else.  So we went the conventional route and used diapers.   Now DS is 20 months and I have no idea how to approach potty training.   I'd love to hear any...
I'm sorry I don't have any advice.   I have just the one toddler, 20 months old, who is always tough to get to bed.  We'd like to have another child but the idea of having a baby and a toddler to put to sleep scares the heebie jeebies out of me.   So....no laughter from me.   Good luck....
I agree Nilatti, that tempermant has a huge amount to do with.  Sure, some kids might be able to be gently "moulded" into sleeping better, but not my son!   And yes, the smug people who say "my child slept through the night since he was 1 week old" (OK i'm being sarcastic about the 1 week bit, but you get my gist) take way too much credit for it.   I hope bubs #2 is a better sleeper.  He/she probably won't be worse, so at least you got the tough one out of the...
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