Originally Posted by edamommy
**I've tried the drugging thing
: back when he was an infant and I had been awake for a week straight. it was a last resort. He is not affected by that either--- he kept on a cryin'!
Don't feel you have to bag yourself for that!
I have found that when my Goo is wound up, we do a little bendryl and then talk to calm her away from crying and then let her float into sleep.
We don't do it often, but sometimes, she needs to get to sleep and it helps her relax.
I would say Goo is high needs at times. She also did the screaming thing. I follow the AP buffet! She has always slept in a crib/bed. She now comes into our bed when she gets scared at night.
We formula fed (for many reasons and we do the same for Moo), we would wear Goo sometimes and not others. We didn't follow lots of AP rules, but we DO listen to her and work with her needs.
Why to stay with AP? Because it is worth it. Goo is FINALLY taking less than 2 hours to put to bed. She is 2.5 yo. She is polite. She respects other people's feelings. She likes to explore the world. She doesn't know what it feels like to be hit for punishment. She rarely sees punishment for herself (her toys visit time out when she can't work with them).
Now Moo is a totally different child. She is calm, rarely cried (although we call her the Nazgul when she does cry) and she can be placed in her crib and she babbles for 5 mintues and falls asleep. The personalities are inborn and you have to work with what you are given....
I know you hate the phrase that this will pass. I understand that because some days it doesn't feel like it ever will. Goo made a huge change around 24 months old.
I would strongly suggest the no-cry sleep solution. I know it is taboo for some here, but it is not a bad way to help your children learn how to sleep. Think of it as sleep learning, not sleep training. That is a more descriptive title anyway.