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No, you're not the only one! My daughter's a little past 15 months and has yet to sleep through the night, though she has been giving us more frequent 6-7 hour stretches at the beginning of the night. She starts the night in her crib and then comes into our bed when she wakes. But the other night, after sleeping about 6 hours in her crib, she was doing a very similar thrashing/whining/rolling around like she couldn't get comfortable thing. Acting like, if she wasn't...
A friend gave me the book A Teeny Tiny Baby when my daughter was born, and it rang quite true, and now that dd is 15 months, she too loves it -- it shows the baby nursing 9 times out of 10, with dad giving one bottle -- and also shows the baby sleeping lots of places, including the parents' bed. All in all, it's a charming book, and very in keeping with our daughter's experience. She loves the page about all the different places the baby goes -- to the drug store, the...
Hi, lockegirl75 -- Just wanted to say that 9 months was tough for us, too -- and my pediatrician was really pushing CIO sleep-training at that visit, partly because my daughter is off the charts for height and weight and he was arguing that she didn't need the nighttime nursing anymore. It was really hard not to doubt myself. We did work on some gentle sleep training in the sense of trying to help our daughter fall back to sleep with patting or backrubs, not just...
I recently read Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting by Noel Janis-Norton and really liked her approach. She emphasizes a set of practical methods that you can start using right away -- descriptive praise, reflective listening, think-throughs, etc. I like that the book is so clear, and that its methods are so positive -- at its core it seems to be about using these tools to break through the communication barriers and miscommunications that cause so much of parenting...
We do the same thing -- dd starts the night in her crib, then dh or I brings her into our bed once she wakes and we're already in bed. This has been our routine since she was about 5 months old (she was in a cosleeper in our room until then). We had some rough times when she'd wake frequently and need to be rocked/patted/nursed back to sleep in her crib during the evening before we were in bed, but (knock on wood), now that she's 12 months, she's pretty good about giving...
So, my husband mentioned to me last night that lately it's been hard for him at work sometimes, because he has a couple of coworkers whose babies (younger than our 10-month-old) already "sleep through the night." So if he says something about how we had a rough night with our daughter, they'll just ask "Why does she sleep with you?" or "Why don't you just let her cry it out?" He feels like he doesn't have a good answer, and it's making him doubt our choices. Which are...
This may be totally unhelpful since you said you wanted to order online -- BUT, if you're anywhere near an IKEA, I can't say enough good things about my Antilop high chair. The tray is a nice size, and I love that the chair is table-height so you can pull it right up to the table as an alternate option. The chair is solid plastic -- easy for wiping clean -- and a comfy bucket shape. And the whole thing's only $25 bucks! Even if it doesn't work for you, OP, just in case...
From what I understand, once they're able to roll themselves from back to tummy/tummy to back with ease, tummy sleeping is not considered particularly dangerous anymore. That said, it took me a while to get comfortable with it -- the first time I went in and found her sleeping on her tummy I swear I was checking every 15 minutes to make sure she was still breathing. But these days I have relaxed about it, because she's so capable of pushing up/sitting up/getting herself...
Just wanted to say that, from about a month down the road, my experience is that there's hope! My daughter has never been the best sleeper -- ever since that 4-month sleep regression, I could count on one hand the number of times she's slept longer than 5 hours without waking. She starts the night in her crib, then I bring her into our bed, usually at the first waking once we're already in bed. But around 8 or 8 and a half months, those early evening wakings were getting...
We have the mini, and moved our daughter out of it at 5 months -- she'd started wanting to roll onto her side, and there just isn't much rolling space in that thing. She's also above the 99th percentile for height and weight, and was starting to wear 12 month clothing at 5 months, fyi.    That said, I left the mini sidecarred to our bed, tucked a pillow into it to make it level with our mattress, and now she starts the night in her crib and comes into our bed later....
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