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29/10/2013 at 07:26
Hello, i'm here again with another needy post! Sorry, this may be rambley I just really need your advice/opinions cus I don't know what to do for the best and I'm exhausted!
E is nearly 16 months old and has always been a really good sleeper at night. However for the past couple of weeks she has been waking every night and is taking an age to resettle. If she is really upset I will pick her up and give a quick cuddle, if not i will give her back a rub or hair a stroke then I just sit with her until she goes back to sleep (it's always been this way - she screams if left alone) The room is pitch black so she can't really see me, I try not to say too much to her or interact with her too much.
She is currently cutting 3 back teeth so I have been giving her calpol if she really won't settle. Also, we have a 7 week old who has reflux so there is a bit of crying at night. However, E does have white noise on so this should muffle it a bit.
Ive been trying to make sure that when I can I give her time, even if its just 5 minutes at a time where she has my undivided attention and I'm not sharing her with the baby. I also try to make sure she has a quick run outside in the fresh air everyday.
so, do we think this is just a phase, her teeth, or a cry for my attention? She doesn't wake at the same time every night but could she be habitually waking? Should I just ride it out and hope it gets better once her teeth have cut or till the baby is more settled? I don't want to get her into a bad habit of night waking and have to try and break it - I'm a wimp and couldn't do any kind of harsh sleep training!
Thanks for making it through the post and any advice you can offer.
29/10/2013 at 08:40
No advice I'm afraid, but J is also 16 months and has been waking every night for the last couple of weeks, and I've no idea why. Last night was the worst we've had, he was scamming inconsolably, and in the end was up for 90 mins and would only settle with a banana and lots of stories and cuddles. The night before he was up for about 30 mins and just needed his back rubbing and to be kept company until he dropped back off. I'm really hoping it's just a phase! I feel for you, especially with the new baby.
29/10/2013 at 09:07
Hopefully it's just an age/developmental thing then! I hope they grow out of it soon - it's exhausting! I'm living on about 3 hours of broken sleep! Our worst might was when E got herself in such a state nothing we did would calm her and we just had to let her cry it out. She screamed louder if we tried to cuddle or touch her, she went for 2 hour straight!!!! Hope you start getting some sleep soon too x
29/10/2013 at 10:59
Why don't you try having a low light on in her room? It must be petrifying surely to wake up to pitch black at that age, particularly as you say she doesn't like to be left alone.
29/10/2013 at 11:48
Thanks Saisi. We has to put a black out blind up cus we found the daylight was waking her but might give a low night light a try. I was thinking of getting a gro clock so that might kill 2 birds! x
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