15 mth old sleeping

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15 mth old sleeping

Postby bhasa77 » Mon 26 Dec, 2011 7:24 pm

My 15 mth old has self settled to sleep very well since a day stay at ngala at 3 mths. Recently he started crying to go down for every sleep, sometimes lasting 40 mins. I have started to lie next to his cot, facing away which seems to settle him until he falls asleep. How do I get him back to self settling? I thought it was teething at first but now realize it's the next sleep challenge.
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Re: 15 mth old sleeping

Postby NgalaOnline » Fri 30 Dec, 2011 8:24 pm

Hi bhasa77, Thank you for your post. Your little boy has done so well with his sleep since Day Stay, and his present reluctance to self settle wanting you close by is not unusual at this age, you guessed right it is the next sleep challenge but with perseverance you can help him regain the ability to self settle. At this age children are developing rapidly in all aspects of their development as you may have noticed, wanting to become more independent but at the same time still needing to be comforted and reassured particularly at times of separation like at sleep times.

You have responded to him well by reducing his crying at sleep times, this way he is more able to remain calm, cope with being apart from you and be able to settle himself , it sounds like the next stage will involve gradually moving away from his cot at sleep time, returning to re settle him if he becomes distressed. You may find the following link helpful re toddlers sleep http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthT ... 22&id=1900 (6 months – 3 years)
Also see the Ngala website for further information re toddlers, development and sleep. If you are still residing in West Australia, don’t hesitate to contact the Helpline or access further Ngala services.

All the best for the New Year, good luck with your next sleep challenge!!
This information is general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for the personalized assistance that can be received from the Ngala Helpline by telephone.

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