We are in a bit of a situation and I am looking for advice, especially for those of you who have already introduced a new baby to the house. Gracie is 19 months old. We have put her to bed and stayed with her every night of her entire life. She co-slept until 10 months old, and then we moved her into her own room because she is a super light sleeper and every little move in the bed was waking her up. The issue we have encountered now is that for some reason she will only let me put her to bed. For awhile dh was able to put her down with no problems at all. We have never let her cry to sleep, I nursed her to sleep until she weaned at 15 months, and we have patted or rubbed her to sleep since then. The last few weeks though she has started having an absolute fit if daddy tries to put her to bed. She cries and screams and carries on like she is being beaten or something! As soon as I come in and sit on the bed she is fine, usually asleep in minutes. We are trying to convince her to allow daddy to put her down because once there are two little ones, and one of them very dependant on me for nursing, I may not always be available for bedtime. I don't want her screaming herself to sleep, even with daddy in there. It's been really hard on both of them, and he has not succeeded in getting her down in almost a month. Last night we were trying to figure out what to do next. Will we just have to let her stay up until I can get to her every night? How have you encouraged your toddlers to sleep? I really, really wish she would just co-sleep with us, it would make things so much easier!! She has a real sensitivity to pretty much everything though, and has to have a very dark, quiet room with a fan running and one of those noise making machines on full-blast. Any outside noises wake her up. I so hope this next little guy is able to sleep through stuff!! I have no idea how we are going to tackle her nap too, I am home alone, and I guess that either he will have to sit with me and nurse while I pat her, or maybe he will already be asleep and I can sneak away with her to get her to bed. Thanks for any ideas!!
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12/12/05 at 3:00pm