Hi all. I need some help here. My 10 month old daughter is screaming at bedtime. She has an older sister; 3 1/2 year's old; she eats well, she gets plenty of exercise, she's breastfed, she goes to bed around 6:30-7pm, she slept well through the night up until a couple months ago-I think it started with the teething. We have a set routine EVERY single night, it's the same exact thing: dinner, bath, books/singing, say good night to sibling and daddy, we sign that it's time to go to sleep, go to her room to rock and nurse and then lay down in the crib for sleep. She's started to stand on her own now so she can stand at her crib and she'll just scream and cry when I leave the room. A few weeks ago I would just go in and pick her up to nurse her and she'll fall asleep in my arms in the rocking chair while nursing. When I put her in the crib, she wakes up, gets up on her hands and knees and starts screaming and crying. It took her an hour two nights ago to put herself to sleep, tonight it took around 30 minutes. A week or so ago, she went down at the normal time but then woke up around 10pm and it took me three hours to get her to go back to sleep. I think that was a night I had sugar.(ice cream) I've since cut out sugar, she does not like a pacifier and she has a blankie but she does not use it. Her big sis has one, we think she likes her big sis's blankie better. I think cutting out the sugar has helped (i'll be posting another thread for some sugar free dessert recipes). I talked with my doctor about it and he said she's fine-as long as she's normal during the day, there's no psychological damage. I don't like letting her scream it out but I can't fall asleep in the rocking chair with her as I'm afraid of her falling out of my arms. We did co-sleep in the beginning for the first three months and then started the sleep training in the crib after that. I feel like a horrible mommy but I just want her to get a good night sleep and I want her to learn how to put herself to sleep on her own. If she wakes up in the middle of the night, I go to nurse her and she'll cry when I put her back in the crib but then she can put herself back to sleep (not on nights though that I had sugar) so I know she can do it. Anyway, if anyone has advice I'd appreciate it because it's very heart wrenching to me. Thank you!
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6/12/08 at 10:33pm