Sunday, December 14, 2008

Mommy Help!

To all of my Mommy friends out there...do you have any advice? Maggie has been sleeping pretty well for the past few months. She always goes down awake for naps and bedtime and usually has no problem falling asleep on her own. Since last week however getting her to sleep has become a HUGE problem! She hates being put in her bed and screams! After checking all the usual signs I have determined she is 1. not wet 2. just been fed 3. no teeth pain (she was smiling and happy before nap time). I suspect it has to do with separation anxiety and I don't mind letting her cry a little bit but it is so hard to listen to her for more than 10 minutes! Did this happen to your kids and how did you deal with it? I know this is just a baby stage and won't last forever but I do not want to develop any bad habits while waiting for it to pass. Thanks!!!

2 comments:

Jenn said...

I know I'm not that far ahead of you on the stages...but is she trying to give up a nap? Elizabeth is down to one a day, and sometimes she doesn't even act like she needs one, so we don't put her down. She does however protest too much about every third day. I hear that sometimes they just need to cry to get the extra energy out.

Kelly said...

naps = sanity for you so my advice is go put on a movie and try not to listen. I let Wes cry up to an hour. He would go through weird stages - standing in his crib and falling asleep standing up, wanting the lights on for 4 nights and then never again, etc. Listening to it is hard but for Wes, he needs his sleep or he just won't function. Megan isn't great at napping, one good one a day and then an hour afternoon nap after an hour of playing in her crib - but she goes to bed at 6pm and sleeps until 6am. They all are so different it can drive one crazy:) Good luck!