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Input please! 17 month old sleeping terribly from start to finish.

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There are two big issues I'm dealing with now with my daughter. The first is that she is waking for the day after 7 hours of sleep. She goes to bed at ten, nurses often through the night and is restless and ready to get up and play at like 5. She likes to get up and go knock on MIL bedroom door to play with her and I think this is what the problem is, she has learned that this is what we do. How can I get her back on track? I worry about her taking 2 naps today and keeping this schedule of minimal overnight sleep and as much daytime sleep as she wants...
The second issue it's the overnight sleep in general. We recently re sleep trained using the Jay Gordon method after having used is successfully at 13 months and losing it during a stomach bug. She can go maybe 6 hours overnight without nursing right now, but it's not easy and involves a lot of consoling. We have a queen bed which makes bed sharing a little tight, but getting up every hour out two to try to comfort dd back to sleep in the middle of the night is horrible. I'm thinking of dropping the night weaning all together and keeping her in our small bed because even that small amount of cramped sleeping is better than the alternative...
Did anyone have any words of wisdom to get this girl to sleep better and longer??
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Have you tried dropping one of the naps? Also, do you think some white noise might help? And finally, there's a saying that "sleep begets sleep." It might seem odd, but sometime when you put kids to bed earlier, they sleep longer and better, and even later in the morning. I don't know why but it seems to happen often enough that I thought I'd mention that. Maybe try putting her to bed earlier at night when she isn't so tired and see if she sleeps better overall.

But keep us posted, and I hope other people have some ideas of things you might try as well! smile.gif
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My ds went through a challenging time at that same age... getting up at 4 am. Nothing helped but time paşsing.
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Thanks mamas, she is down to one nap now, and I can't imagine dropping that!! Judging by the sheer number of posts about crummy sleep in 1 - 2 year olds on these forums, this is a touchy time.  To save my sanity, she stays in the bed for now and can have the boob whenever she wants! May try night weaning again in a month or two...

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