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She has an ill mum, I was wondering if this might have anything to do with her sleep problem

My grandaughter is 2 years old and does not and has not ever sleep a night through she wakes at least 2 or 3 times a night and wants he bottle we try to encourage her to drink other drink such as water but she just won`t settle without her milk. She has an ill mum that is very stressed at time I was wondering if this might have anything to do with her sleep problem. She loves her own bed but won`t sleep in it on her own.
If you could give me some ideas to help her I would be very greatful.
Thank you so much.
Michelle

Maree...
Answer: Hi Michelle, These things are all her sleep associations and for things to change your daughter will need to make changes and perhaps with your help. Children thrive on a regular routine and set boundaries. She needs to have dinner bath quiet play 2 stories and lights out on her own. If she falls asleep with someone she wakes on her light sleep (as we all do ) and she can`t resettle without that comfort again so she looks for a drink of milk and mums comfort and that is her sleep association. Imagine you went to sleep in your bed and woke up in the bath!! You`d get a fright and want to resettle back to your familiar comfort- same for your grandaughter. I hope this helps you understand why this happens. Cheers, Maree
Answered: 15 May 2009