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My child FINALLY (at 17 months) slept through the night
on September 1, 2012
We had a fussy newborn who SCREAMED when sleeping alone...so, we let her sleep in our bed and nurse on demand (i.e., whenever she woke up) throughout the night. The problem was that we never got her out of our bed and she STILL, at 17 months, woke up 6-10 times per night to nurse herself back to sleep (which means so did I!). We are expecting another baby in January, so we needed her to sleep in her own bed, and most importantly, to sleep through the night.
Because she had learned such bad habits, I was convinced we would have to do cry it out all night long. I was against this idea, especially because she is so old and remembers so much from her day. The Happiest Baby provided an alternative option, even for an older child with TERRIBLE sleep habits. After reading this book, we made the following helpful changes:
1: White noise: amazing! my daughter is a light sleeper so this really helps drown out the noise. I can even do the dishes when she sleeps without waking her (I was never able to before)
2. Lovey and a nightlight: we didn't use either before, so we bought Twilight Turtle based on a friend's recommendation. LOVE IT and recommend it. We put it in her crib so that she can turn it on whenever she needs it.
3: Later bedtime: moved from 7:30 to 8:00; made a huge difference!
4: Longer and longer: Using this approach, my daughter still cried a little but it's not as cruel as cry it out
5: Suggestions from Happiest Toddler on the Block
My daughter had NEVER slept in her crib and hadn't learned to put herself back to sleep, so I thought the transition to the crib was going to be HORRIBLE But...it wasn't. The first night, she woke up only 3 times and fell asleep after 5, 10, and 5 minutes. It only got better from there. She was sleeping in her own crib through the night in only 5 days. So for the first time in 17 months, my daughter and I both got a full night of sleep. WOW! Looking forward to using this book to avoid bad sleep habits with baby number 2.
Additionally, I recommend Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child. His methods to get baby to sleep are cry it out and not very helpful, but he outlines sleep schedules for birth through school aged children that I found very helpful.