Posted in Sleep, Toddlers

Toddler won't sleep?


I'm so tired guys. My baby girl is almost 2. She's having a hard time getting off bottles and the pacifier. She only has bottles before bed. I let her fall asleep with the pacifier then take it away when she falls asleep. She'll wake up looking for it and will whine until she gets it. We have a small apartment so her crib is next to my bed. When she whines, she crawls over and lays next to me. But she takes up the whole bed. How do I get her to stay in her crib? She does have a couple teeth coming in and she's not sick. She also goes to bed around midnight to 3am. I can't get her to go to bed any earlier. Advice on how to make her stay asleep, stay in her crib and get off of bottle and pacifier? Sorry, I know it's a lot.

  • Cassandra
    Dec 06, 2018

    A first step would be to get her to get rid of the pacifier herself, you could cut a hole in it and then she will probably throw it away herself. That’s what my son did, also would it be possible to move her crib to another room? That might help matters too, you should look up sleep training. I got some great ideas from articles I read. I would suggest getting her on a routine, so don’t let her sleep in. Wake her up at 9 or 10am and don’t let her nap past 3pm because then she will only fall asleep later at night and let her only have one nap a day. I also found that bathing my son before bed was a really big help, so his bedtime is 9:30pm/10pm I usually bath him around 8:30. To get her off of bottles I just threw out all my bottles and gave my son a soft nipple sippy cup. You can get them at Walmart for about $10. Good luck!

  • Anonymous
    Dec 06, 2018

    Wow sounds like a lot! Bedtime Is she napping in the day? If so, how many hours and how close to bedtime? Do you have a strict bedtime routine (something like bath, brush teeth, song and bed etc)? These may need to be tweaked to make sure she’s not sleeping too much in the day, and there’s a decent time between waking from her nap and getting back to bed. And if she doesn’t already, then I’d tire her out with some outdoor activity like a long walk/ play/ swim/ other sports etc. May help her be physically tired and sleep. Pacifier and bottle My daughter doesn’t take the pacifier, but has a little comforter blanket that helps her self-soothe. Can you not allow your daughter the pacifier at night? I ignored common advice nowadays to wean off bottle and let my daughter continue with diluted) milk until she self-weaned at 22 months. Her teeth are great! Bed hogging No idea what to say as my 1 year old does the same!

  • Rebecca
    Dec 06, 2018

    Here’s a life changer - this author is amazing. And I read a lot of sleep books

  • Sallie
    Dec 06, 2018

    Hylands homeopathic teething tablets and earache tablets. Safe and works wonders!