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What can we do to help her sleep through the night in her own bed?

Hi Maree. My daughter is 21 months old and we have trouble getting her down in her cot at night, she can carry on for any where up to hour and half. Screaming, or just simply calling out. We have tried to stay in our room (where she can see us,for reassurance)how ever that doesnt really make a difference to her behaviour. She wakes during the night(generally by about 2 am ) crying so we bring her in to our bed so the other 3 kids arent woken. What can we do to help her sleep through the night in her own bed. Once she is in ours she is just very restless,but will sleep. She has a dummy,but this still happens even if the dummy is in her mouth. All of our kids have had ear problems, grommits in and out. We have had the same sleep problems with the older 2 kids but they stopped doing this at 3 years of age. I ,idealy would like her not to still be ding this until she is 3!!! I have a 5.5 month old baby also so if i can get some tips to help her stay in her bed i can (hopefully wont need) also use these on the youngest one,if and when he starts waking at night.I would really appreciate advice.Thanking you so much for your time, Vanessa

Answer: Hi Vanessa, It would seem this has become her sleep routine and she knows you will give in so she is winning the battle. To change this you will need to be tough and perhaps implement some settling techniques as well. Staying in the room with her means she falls asleep with you there and she wakes later on her light sleep and you are not there so she calls out for you again. By getting her to setttle independently means she can look around on her light sleep and see she is where she went to sleep and resettle herself. Having said this I know it`s not easy when she is protesting and fighting you but you may want to try our settling techniques for 6 to 12 months since she is still in a cot. Cheers, Maree
Answered: 01 Jul 2009