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*Trickey*

We're struggling big time lately with Maddie and sleep.  The girl's all about waking up at different hours throughout the night and freaking out about going back to sleep.... at first we assumed it was teeth and felt bad, so I'd rock her back to sleep, and we got back in the habit of giving her a middle of the night bottle. Unfortunately, now I'm about 99% sure it's not her teeth and that we've created a monster who can't fall back asleep on her own.  (She's great at going to sleep by herself at night when we put her to bed, but just cries when she wakes up during the night.)

Anyways, I want to say that you guys were in somewhat of a similar spot with Zac when he was somewhere around her age and you guys figured out a gameplan that worked for you with letting him cry it out with some soothing, etc.  Do you mind sharing.... we definitely need to do something around here and I'm looking for ideas.  Thanks!!! :)

Re: *Trickey*

  • First, sorry you are having issues. :(

    I can't say that anything I did worked. I don't feel like I followed a strict set of rules and ultimately think that it just comes down to the kid.

    Some "limits" that DH and I created were if he woke up before 2/3 AM he would have to sooth himselft back to sleep, he wasn't getting a bottle. At that point there is/was no need to feed him.

    If he woke up after then we'd go ahead and get a bottle, which we took away faster than books would suggest. Instead of decreasing the bottles by an ounce a night for a week or two until they are out of the routine we sort of said, "two ounces, that's all you get bud."

    We found he would eat more but at 2 ounces you could pull the bottle away and put him back down without a fight. A few days later he only got an ounces. And then we offered him nothing and he'd usually put himself back to bed.

    Now we have a completely bedtime "drink" free kid - no bottle/sippy cup before bed, no bottle/sippy cup in the middle of the night!! I have to say for all of the hell we went through w/ sleep, he has made up for it once he turned a year old.

    Hope you find what works for you guys. I think the key is having the kid know that crying doesn't = mom or dad come visit and feed me. I think it is a lot harder on us than it is on them.

    Good luck! Come on Mads, sleep for momma!! :)

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  • Zac was very similar in he has always been great at going down to sleep initially, but he'd just wake up in the middle of the night expecting to eat ... multiple times. Gah.
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  • image trickeytricky:

    Hope you find what works for you guys. I think the key is having the kid know that crying doesn't = mom or dad come visit and feed me. I think it is a lot harder on us than it is on them.

    This is what I think is really going to be our biggest challenge.  I think she has us wrapped around her finger at this point :(  I think we're going to talk some more tonight and figure out what our gameplan will look like and try starting tomorrow night. 

    Thanks so much for your input!!!  And I'm so glad (and relieved & optimistic) that Zac's all about sleeping now.... it's comforting!!!!

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