Re: BedTime Woes!!! HELP!
My son is 16 months and has been sleeping on his own through the night since 9 months. He STILL cries a bit most nights, sometimes screams. We put him down at the same time every night, whether or not he wants to go. Plus, I think that crying is his way of releasing tension and calming down. He's a very high energy high strung child, and is JUST learning other self soothing techniques (snuggling his blanket, etc.) But sometimes I can tell he's testing the waters too. If we don't go to him when he's screaming, he will be less likely to try it again the next night. They are old enough know to know what illicits a favorable reaction from you! If we do go to him (if it goes on too long or we are worried something might be wrong. He has had some nightmare type intances, so we've been going to him some lately to make sure he doesn't really need the comfort) he is much more likely to scream and fuss again the next night.
You are doing the right thing! He definitley sounds ready to sleep on his own. I know it's hard to ignore the screams, but it's definitely worth it in the long run.
Also, all kids are different, but be prepared for this possibility. Going in to reassure my DS only enrages him further and prolongs the process when we don't pick him up. He gets a second wind. LOL. We finally had to stop going in at all if we knew he was fine, and he fell asleep much faster. This method works wonders with alot of kids, just not mine!
DS born 07/05/2003
DD born 3/24/2005
Last edited by siren1024; 11-18-2004 at 07:41 PM.