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Someone please give me some advise on how to get my child to sleep at night.

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Meganlillymai Mon 08-Apr-13 11:40:18

My little girls 21 months I'm a single mother and my darter is extremely active and very demanding. I'm struggling so hard she just won't sleep! She's up at 6 every morning so I tried putting her to bed later wich didn't work she was up all night. I've tried putting her in my bed she's still wakes. I'm totally exhausted and don't no what else to do, I've left her to cry wich I felt awful about but then she managed to get out her cot and out her gate!! Any advise would really help right now I'm totally worn down and fed up sad

lifesobeautiful Mon 08-Apr-13 12:25:18

Oh poor thing...so exhausting. Have you got a consistent bed-time routine? Ie bath, milk, teeth, book, bed?

If not, I'd implement one. I'd also try putting her to bed earlier, as she may be getting overtired/overstimulated. So you could try bath at 6pm, followed by a cup of warm milk, then teeth, book at 6.30, in bed by 6.45pm.

Then I would say simply don't take her out of the cot. If she's climbing out you may need to get her a bed. Either way, just keep going in and reassuring her if she cries, rub her back, sit next to her - but don't take her out of the cot or into your bed. She needs to get comfortable in her own bed otherwise she'll never sleep through.

If you put her in a bed, you'll just have to quietly keep putting her back every time she gets out. Even if it means your'e doing it 20 times in a row. Stay consistent and be strong and it'll pay off. She needs to know that no matter what she does, you're not going to give in. You could also try a star chart reward system. So if she's been good in the night she gets a little star in the morning - or even a treat of some kind.

Does she still nap at lunch time? If not, you may want to introduce a nap or just rest-time, as again, being overtired by bed time has the opposite effect of sleep! Sleep breeds sleep. And obviously try not to let her nap late in the afternoon as that would effect her night-time sleep.

Good luck!

Meganlillymai Mon 08-Apr-13 13:39:04

Thank you so much that's really great advise! Going to it all a go tonight. Hopefully in a weeks time things might have picked up.

SweepTheHalls Mon 08-Apr-13 13:48:21

Watch bedtime live on channel 4! Lots of support and good strategies too

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