My 26 month old takes at least an hour to fall asleep for naps and at night, sometimes 2. Months ago she stopped being able to nurse to sleep (she still nurses before sleep, just doesn't actually fall asleep). She also doesn't usually like to be rocked anymore.
No problem - I nurse and cuddle with her and put her in her crib. She is happy to play with her stuffed animals and chat to herself until she eventually falls asleep. This used to take a half hour, which I was comfortable with. But now it can take an hour or even two and I hate the idea of her lying alone in a crib for such a long time. It means she spends basically the entire afternoon in her crib. This can't be okay, can it?
So I tried getting her up after an hour if she couldn't sleep. It was a disaster. She is *miserable* if she doesn't get to nap. I tried putting her down later. It *still* takes just as long, and then she can't get to sleep until late at night, and is then miserable in the morning. It is clear to me that she needs the sleep. How can I get her to fall asleep faster? Or should I just make peace with the situation?
Metis, partner to a peaceful soul, mothering DD born July '11
I think it would stress me out too if my toddler was in the crib that long. But, it does not seem to bother her. If you pop in to say hi or offer reading a book while she is in the crib would it mess it all up and then she won't sleep for two hours after that? Or can reading a few books and songs take up some of the time?
Hard situation I know mama*hugs*