Hi - my daughter is 13 months old, still teething and only started sleeping through for 10-11 hours at 12 months. I was starting to think I was going bonkers so I contacted a wonderful lady called Judy from Bubba Hush Cottage and she was very helpful.
I tried a few different things including the cry it out but honestly it broke my heart and after 10 minutes (seems like an eternity doesn't it!!) I would give in.
I am working full-time so needed some break from not having more than 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep for more than 12 months.
Judy asked lots of questions and suggested for me the following: keep to a routine, (dinner, bath, book, bottle, bed) at the same time every night. If she isn't eating a lot for dinner, ensure it has dairy (cheese, yoghurt etc) to make her tummy feel full. Give her a comforter (you can check that one off), and if she has a dummy, make sure the nightlight shines into her cot so if she drops it, she can find it herself. (I put in an extra one or two just in case she can't find the original dummy)
Offer water if she continues to wake up at the same time (Mia used to wake up at 2am every morning and I couldn't get her to go back to sleep unless I picked her up) and don't pick her up unless she is really upset. Just put her back down, turn her on her side, "shhh" her and pat her back. You might need to do this quite a few times. Only do this when you know she is ok - not in pain.
If she looks like she is in pain, she will need extra cuddles from mummy so give her some panadol, cuddles for 5 minutes and she should go back to sleep quickly. It shouldn't last more than a week at a time.
The first night will be the worst and within a week my daughter was sleeping through. (Judy actually told me it could be up to the age of 2 so I figured I was actually doing pretty good and just when I thought I had no strength left, you find some more fighting power!!)
I think they just need to feel reassured you are there for them when they aren't feeling well and if you are feeling tense or stressed out, she will sense it so its time for 'tag-team' with your partner!!
If it continues, I would see your doctor if you are really concerned. I don't like giving my daughter panadol much either but I know how bad we feel with a toothache or the dreaded wisdom teeth cutting through so it much be so overwhelming for them when they don't know why so as long as it is according to the medicine, don't feel bad about easing her pain.
Good luck and I hope you have some more settled nights soon.
· 1 decade ago