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Old Jan 13th, 2011, 16:32 PM   1
katrina1987
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How can I get my little one to sleep through the night


My LO doesn't sleep through, he occassionally does it 1 a month if we are lucky. If I tell you his routine maybe you can advise.

We get up around 7am ish, do nappy change, and watch a little tv with toys. LO has breakfast around 7.40-8am, usually porridge, fruit pot or toast and then a few Oz's of his milk. I then usually change him out of his pj's and he will have lots of playtime with maybe milkshake or cbeebies sometimes on in background. He will then sually go up for his nap around 10-10.30 have a little bit of his bottle and sleep till 12-12.30 depending how tired he is. He will then get up sit and have cuddle for a few mins, then straight back on the floor for playtime, crawling, and crusing the furniture. I prepare his lunch which varies but today he had a cheese sandwich, breadsticks, raisans, and some grapes with a yoghurt for dessert and usually water with his meal. He will then sit and have more playtime with me, sometimes ill pop a thomas the tank engine on for him in the background as this is his fav. He will then go back off to sleep at 2-2.30pm sleep till about 4-4.30. Then come downstairs sit in his walker whilst I prepare his tea, have his tea, bath, more playtime and then cbeebies bedtime hour and go to bed roughly at 7pm. He will have kisses and cuddles from OH, then laid down in cott, tucked up with blanket and teddy, some of his milk then off to the land of nod.

So where am I going wrong? I have tried altering his naps, one day he didnt even have an afternoon nap and didnt help. I have tried tireing him out more by going to extra baby groups to keep his body and mind active. I have tried giving him extra food and snacks in between meals forgot to put that in the everyday routine. I try and give him more milk but nothing is working. Please ladies any ideas? I am tired and would love to cut out my daytime naps and have some unbroken sleep



 
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Old Jan 13th, 2011, 17:38 PM   2
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How does he wake up at night? Does he go to full blown crying or just whinging? Do you go into him straight away or do you give him the chance to resettle? And also when you do go in, what do you do to get him back to sleep again?



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 01:57 AM   3
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How does he wake up at night? Does he go to full blown crying or just whinging? Do you go into him straight away or do you give him the chance to resettle? And also when you do go in, what do you do to get him back to sleep again?
I usually go straight away so he doesn't wake OH as he has work early and a long day a head of him and I made a rod for my own back and he has a drop of milk and I know its purely for comfort not because he needs it either. Advice pleasse, thanks



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2011, 02:54 AM   4
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YOu may need to both go without a bit of sleep for a while and stop going in straight away. I had to do the same I would run in so OH could get sleep but then I went back to work and LO still wasn't sleeping through so a bit of tough love worked in the end.

I dont mean just leave the poor soul to cry but leave him for longer each time he wakes, when you go in only stay until he quiets down and then leave. Also try not to give them milk but get rid gradually or swap for water. tHey'll soon enough get the point that all the cuddle sand milk arent there but they will have gone gradually so they shouldn't be too upset.

Try to not get rid of the naps but maybe reduce the afternoon one a little so they need more at night.

It is tough, you will both have to lose some sleep - youre parents it's part of the job not just yours to lose sleep!

Dewi was an awful sleeper for such a long time but that first night I heard him wake and didnt go in and he settled himself within 5 minutes without getting hysterical was great.



 
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Old Jan 23rd, 2011, 05:37 AM   5
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your day time routine sounds fine to me, your LO is used to you going in a few times a night to settle him and he is probably used to milk to settle back to sleep. Try cutting back on the milk slowly, or offer water instead that may help resolve the waking up for milk issue.



 
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Old Jan 24th, 2011, 02:22 AM   6
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The last three nights have been better, i have been doing extra activities in the day with him and we also went to my sisters fri and sat night for tea which is only a few doors up and he got to play with his cousins, have his tea and bath then home for 7pm for hs bed. This has been making him absolutely shattered aswell, he has only woke twice in the night on both nights. I have left him a little bit to have a cry and winge so he just doesn't expect me to come running. Plus he is having a smaller amount of milk. Last nigth was night 3 did the same except we always go MIL on a sun and again he woke 2in the night rather then 11times. So feeling more positive about it, but we'll see what happens and just keep it up. Certainlly will grabbing a nap soon to catch up after going hear there and everywhere. Thanks for your advice ladies



 
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Old Jan 24th, 2011, 03:41 AM   7
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Have you tried bathing him later at maybe 6.30 then taking him straight to his bedroom to get him in to his pjs, then milk, books & then down in his cot awake for 7pm??
This is the change we made to finleys routine & it really helped. He used to have a bath at 6.30pm then come downstairs, watch tv then back upstairs at 7.30pm have his milk where he would fall asleep & then we'd put him down asleep. The tv would stimulate him & make him more awake but taking him straight in to his room after a bath & reading to him helped him relax. We also used to go running to him as soon as he made a sound x we now leave him for a bit & he soon gets himself back off too sleep x



 
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Old Jan 24th, 2011, 05:30 AM   8
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I am facing something similar with my 17mth old. We are currently doing the dreaded controlled crying to stop her waking up for just a cuddle and a drop of milk. It really is working and whilst I know not everyone loves this method - we have now had 4 nights of 7pm - 7am sleep....magic!



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