My daughter is 21 months old and no longer sleeps nice in bed with us - or anywhere for that matter! First of all, she has to be HELD while she is falling asleep, and then once she's asleep she tosses and turns all night long. This leads to fussy days as well.
She's always napped in her crib, and even has slept in it at night some, so it's not strange to her. I was pleasently surprised when last month she slept in a play pen all night long, every night for 2 weeks while we were on vacation! I decided to take advantage of that and started putting her into her crib at home, and everything has gone down hill from there.
I've read the No-Cry Sleep Solution and used it successfully on my son. But, it is clearly NOT going to work on Katelyn. The MOMENT I leave her sight, she screems so hard that she almost imediately pukes! She shakes so badly she sweats! She is clearly terrified of being left in her crib.
Two nights ago we put the toddler bed into her room and when she wouldn't even rock to sleep, I let her cry while I was in the room with her. I brought my pillow in and said "Mommy is going night-night" and then lay down on it. She cried for well over an hour until she finally did rock to sleep...only to wake right up as soon as I lay her down. Ug!
Last night she was up from 1:30am to 4:00am, and then was up at 6:30am for the day! The problem is, she won't even sleep well in bed with us anymore. I just don't know what to do. And, since I've started this "sleep training" her naps have really cut down a lot too! Three hours in the afternoon down to about 20 minutes!
Here are some options I was thinking about -- we still have her crib up in her room, next to her toddler bed. I could put one of these into our room, and perhaps she could learn to sleep in her own bed, and THEN learn to sleep in her own room? When we were on vacation, she did stir and start to cry a couple times at night in her play pen, but because it was next to my bed, I would just whisper "It's ok" and she'd lay right back down again.
Another option is to stick to what I'm doing and refuse to let her into our bed anymore. Just lay on her floor or something and maybe after a few nights she'll give up?
Any other options? Any thoughts on these? I just don't have the heart to let her be upset, but I think that is what has gotten us to this point! I'm too weak!
Anyone else gone through this before? I am so despirate for some sleep AND for a happy daughter again! I'm not getting either lately!
Thanks so much!