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NothingsLeft Thu 28-Mar-13 09:55:56

Just wondering how people manage to sleep train with illness.

When our DC is ill (which is often), there is no way in the world self settling or any previous good sleep habits persist.

We do try and stick to it as much as possible. I obviously won't let a ill child scream their heads off for hours on end and so our efforts are scuppered every time. We seem to be living in a perpetual world of sleep training.

Does this happen to other people? What do you do?

minipie Thu 28-Mar-13 20:00:59

I know exactly what you mean! it's difficult isn't it.

basically my one rule is that I will not go back to rocking to sleep (which is what I was doing before sleep training) ... but if DD is ill i will do other things to help her get off to sleep, eg stroking and patting her to sleep, feeding till virtually asleep, using pram for naps etc, which are all things i would try to avoid if she was well. I try to mix it up a bit so she doesn't get used to one method of helping her to sleep, and I do try to let her self settle first if she seems like she might go to sleep quite easily.

NothingsLeft Fri 29-Mar-13 19:34:36

Thanks. We don't go back to rocking either...not far off sometimes but we try and resist!

The trouble is we never really get to retreat further than the door before the illness/teething/whatever starts again. We have been lying in the floor shhing pretty much since November.

I so co-sleeping with the next one...

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