DD 2.3 years, sleep getting worse. What should we do?

(3 Posts)
missrose Sun 27-Jan-13 08:26:48

DD1 is 2.3 and has never really self settled. We had a phase a few months ago when she slept through but only after doing CC with the help of a sleep consultant. Then DH was away for 6 nights and I couldn't do it in my own and we were back to square one.

DD2 has now arrived and DD1's sleeping is as bad as ever. She wakes 3-4 times a night and needs DH to go in to her. We literally don't know what to do any more.

I think one of the problems is that DH isn't very consistent with bedtime or what happens when they go upstairs. Sometimes he gets her out of the cot for a hug, sometimes doesn't, sometimes sleeps on the floor in her room.

This morning she was up at 5am. I think we need a plan that is the same every day. Does anyone gave any tips? We are all suffering - DD1 is constanty tired and moaning, DH is the same and I can't bear it any more!

I think she does need a little bit of help but I don't know what that should be. Please send any ideas this way!!

lorisparkle Sun 27-Jan-13 12:53:39

We used one of the strategies from the book 'teach your child to sleep' it is great at giving step by step instructions, more information about sleep in general and different ideas to suit your family. However whatever you choose consistency is the key and you and dh would need to decide on a system together. My dh is a bit inconsistent with my DS but was great once we had decided on a strategy and saw the progress.

lorisparkle Sun 27-Jan-13 12:56:50

Sorry posted too soon. I was going to say with your DD I would do rapid return and be completely consistent with it. If she was really unhappy I would do the gradual withdrawal method. Or maybe do gradual withdrawal to get her to sleep then once she was self settling do rapid return in the night. It is very individual.

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