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How to get my 18-month-old to sleep

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3 years ago
For the past few nights he has been waking up CONSTANTLY and will fall asleep in my arms, but when either my husband or I put him back in bed he'll wake up SCREAMING. We live in an apartment complex, and our neighbor has told us that she can HEAR him screaming in the middle of the night, so we can't do the 'let him scream', which is what his pediatrician suggested. His screaming continues after he has a bottle(he has all is teeth as well) PLEASE HELP

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3 years ago
first of all why is your 18 month old still taking a bottle? he may be having nightmares, something may spook him in the middle of the night, and he's just looking for the comfort of mommy/daddy. as for the neighboor, tell him to get a set of earplugs, and let your kid cry it out. that's the only way to solve your problem. if you continue to get him up, he's going to expect it.
3 years ago
thanks for the reply! my son has been taking the bottle because he's had a HUGE problem gaining weight. So, up until now his pedicatrician has said that a bottle was ok-but only after 3 am. At today's visit he agreed with me that we've seen enough of a  weight gain to cut the bottle @ night. He also gave some great suggestions as to get him back to sleep.We'll see how 2nite goes! :)
3 years ago
thanks for the reply! my son has been taking the bottle because he's had a HUGE problem gaining weight. So, up until now his pedicatrician has said that a bottle was ok-but only after 3 am. At today's visit he agreed with me that we've seen enough of a  weight gain to cut the bottle @ night. He also gave some great suggestions as to get him back to sleep.We'll see how 2nite goes! :)
3 years ago
If I recall correctly, my daughter had the same issue around the same age.  However, 1. We did not do the self soothing until very late and 2. We had a huge living situation change in our lives at the same time. If there has been no significant changes in your daily routine, his daily routine (including daycare), or a change in the home then perhaps he is having nightmares, ear ache, or a simple sleep regression. I would do whatever you think is best for your child to get back to self soothing and not waking up screaming.  Do not be bothered by your neighbor being able to hear your child.  Politely apologize and leave it at that. This too shall pass. 
2 years ago
we decided to move our son to a big boy before the move-my mother inalw thought that was craczy but it worked! my little guy LOVES his new bed and is back to sleeping and waking at his normal schedule! the only downside-he loves climbing into bed w/me when he cant sleep.
2 years ago
I did the same thing with both of my daughters.  I bought them big girl beds and dont forget the most IMPORTANT thing, a night light.  My older daughter has been sleeping in her own room for 2 years and my younger daughter who is 22 months has been sleeping on her own for about 9 months.  Also, maybe letting him watch a little dora or other educational show might help and also stimulate his mind at the same time. =)

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