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Hi All. I need desperate help on trying to get my 12 month old baby girl, Jordyn to sleep through the night.

My partner and I have been unsettled for the past month with sleeping at his parents for 2 weeks and then his sisters for a week. We now have our own house and I have managed to get Jordyn back into her routine. She has never slept through the night since being born and just seems really unsettled in her cot. Her sleep patterns are 9.30-11.00am, 2.00-3.30pm and then usually in bed for her night time sleep between 6.30-7.00pm. She used to get her self to sleep where I would put her in the cot, kiss her, rub her back and walk out of her room. At the moment (after our unsettled period) she wants me to stand by the cot with my hand on her back until she falls asleep. I don't mind doing this but sometimes it takes up to 40 minutes for her to shut her eyes and doing it 3 times a day is a bit time consuming!!! Her day sleeps don't seem to be a problem but night time is a nightmare for me eg. she has been asleep since 7.00pm but has woken frequently with little cries which I have only responded to 1 so I can see if she can get herself back to sleep. During the night she has been waking at 11.00pm and I have been standing there beside her cot for up to an hour and she has still not gone back off, I then do a huge no no and put her in bed with me.

I have tried controlled crying but found that she got so worked up that she couldn't relax for ages.

Does anyone please have any suggestions as I need to get some rest as I am pregnant and due in March!!!! A straight 4 hours sleep would even be good at this stage!!!


Hi Belinda,

Sorry to hear you having troubles, I know just exactly what you're going through. Dunno if my story can help, but I hope so.

We had heaps of trouble with Alynta when she hit about 5 1/2 months and stopped sleeping through. As a result of this and me getting tired I got lazy and started pulling her into bed with me then we'd both fall off to sleep. The problems really started when she wasn't able to go back to sleep without being in bed with me andwithout a feed. The tireder I got, the worse the problem got and she began waking even more (anywhere from 3 to 8 times in a night) Both she and I got tireder and grumpier until finally a friend loaned me a book called 'Babywise' when Ally was about 8months.

What a Godsend, it guides you through what they call PDF or Parent directed Feeding and within 1 1/2 - 2 wks, she was not only sleeping through, but was also having structured daytime sleeps aswell. Oh Happy family!

Alynta is now just over 12months and everything is still going great because the book helped us learn and lay some basic foundations. Her grandparents are amazed at the difference in her and our sanity has been saved. It also solved our clinginess problems.

You may need also to check out the second in the series which is Babywise 2 and deals with 6 - 15 month olds more specifically, but the first one will give you all the foundational info you need.

Hope this helps, would love to know how you go. If you want anymore info, let me know.

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