Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: In record snowfall, AGAIN.
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X-posted to family bed...
DD (19 mos) has never been a great sleeper. She's home during the day w/ DH, and last spring it started getting tougher & tougher for him to get her down for naps. During the summer she'd usually go to sleep in the stroller if it was hot enough, but now that it's cooler, no dice. If he tries to go in & lie down w/ her she'll start screaming before they even get into the bedroom. So most of the time she goes through a day w/ no naps. And believe me, she NEEDS a nap. When she doesn't nap she has more tantrums, doesn't play by herself, gets clingier & clingier, and when I get home at around 5:30 she'll often nurse & go straight to sleep. But of course then she'll sleep for about 2 hours & then be awake, which throws everyones' schedules off.
Yesterday at the natural foods store I noticed a special valerian tincture for children over 1 yr. Have others here used this? I was tempted to get it--I often will give her chamomile when she's too revved up--but part of me feels like that's one step away from drugging your child. THoughts?