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#1 of 4 Old 12-19-2013, 07:46 PM - Thread Starter
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My DD just turned 18 months old and for the last 2 weeks it's taken her anywhere from an hour to 2 hours to fall asleep. We've had the same bedtime routine since she was about 5 months old- bathtime at 7pm, stories, nursing, and falling asleep next to mommy at 8pm almost to the minute. Nothing has changed in the last two weeks routine-wise. About 3 weeks ago we night weaned, and she's done fine with it. She's also been sleeping on a crib mattress on the floor up against our bed for the first part of the night and then she comes and finds us when she wakes up and sleeps with us the rest of the night. She totally understands that she can have milk when the sun comes up. The only thing I can think is that it's an age related thing? The problem is my husband and I are just getting really REALLY tired of waiting for her to fall asleep, and aren't getting any down time at all. I know there are worse things, but it feels so frustrating to lay there for hours and then when she does fall asleep if you move at all she's scared your leaving. Separation anxiety related? I'm just looking for any advice out there. We're considering ways to gently wean her off of falling asleep next to us, but I have no idea where to start. Maybe just sitting in a chair with a light on and letting her talk to herself in bed until she falls asleep? I really think she could easily wait us out until 10pm or later and that's not only not good for us, it's not good for HER. Looking for some options mamas!! Anyone ever been through this?

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Anyone have any advice for this mama?
Hugs to you mama. Sounds frustrating!
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How many naps is she taking and when does she get up for the day? May be there needs to be adjustment in the napping schedule or just in bedtime. My 18 month old takes one nap anywhere from 1 to 3 hours between 11:30 - 3:00 and goes to bed between 7:30 & 8:30. He usually falls asleep nursing but occasionally I have to rock him for about 10 minutes.

He does still nurse throughout the night but we will be song that next week. Would love tips on how to manage that!!
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Following... my almost 2 year old is taking forever to fall asleep too and I would LOVE to have some time with my husband at night to just talk and be adults.  All my friends say CIO but I don't want to do that. 

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