Thursday, October 8, 2009

Toddlers and Sleep

Sarah has not always been the best sleeper. As mentioned in a previous post, I used to call her the "kitty crap napper" because she wouldn't nap for longer than 20 minutes at a time and would take a couple of naps a day.

At eight months of age, after many sleepless nights of getting up and putting her back to sleep, we decided to use the Ferber method of crying it out. With crying tears beyond belief, from me, and support from my husband and fellow moms, we were able to get through it. Sarah, after a few nights of Ferber started sleeping 8-9 hours in a row.

The Ferber Method is not for everyone. At first I balked at the thought of letting my child cry it out but we realized that Sarah needed to learn how to put herself to sleep and this process has worked for us.

Nearly 13 months after Sarah's sleeping was somewhat in check, and Daniel and I could get some much needed rest, her sleep habits have since changed. We thought there may be an association with her recent surgery but know this is not the case, or recently seasonal allergies.

So, with the humidifier on high, and the heat on as well, and a favorite song sung a few times over with back rubbing and then slowly stepping away, Sarah has begun to sleep again. Last night was the first time in a long time that she slept a full night without waking up.

As our children change their sleep habits changes too. At this age I am told there are night terrors along with growth spurts and sometimes upset tummies that may wake our sleepy ones. I am just thankful that Sarah, as well as Daniel and I, got the rest that we all needed, at least for last night.

Hoping for a good night's sleep tonight and moving forward. Sweet dreams!

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