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Any suggestions??

My daughter(21 months) refuses to sleep longer than an hour or two and then she will
scream her head off, I'm confused because she's been a great sleeper since birth...Here recently she has had some trouble staying asleep until morning, some days she will go to bed and stay asleep and then other days she will just sit in her crib screaming to the top of her lungs...I know that you are suppose to try to let them calm themselves down or soothe themselves back to sleep I try to wait her out but she doesnt stop so i have no choice but to go get her which starts a pattern of "hey if i scream and cry long enough mom will come and get me" plus I have 2 other children and a husband that has to get up early for work so I throw in the towel just so they can get their sleep.....I dont know what to do...She needs her sleep
Is there something wrong??? Is this a phase she's going through???


Asked by armywife2bnm at 12:18 PM on Jan. 14, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • If she has reached a developmental milestone, such as walking, a new tooth, or something of this nature, it is very common to see a change in sleep patterns. Having said that she is older, and may just be (like you said) setting a pattern of I cry and get my way. I would make sure she is good and tired, having plenty of activity, and a full belly before she is down for the night. Then as horrible as this sounds, let her cry it out. If she is dry, fed, loved and healthy, you will have to break this habit. It may take an hour, my son went almost an hour, but he was killing me...up every hr and a half or so...I was dead on my feet. So, I bit my bullet, let him scream,(it killed me) but I let him go, and he never did it again.

    Answer by salexander at 12:51 PM on Jan. 14, 2011

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