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Hi
It is now taking me at least 1 hour to get my 16mth old son to sleep - day and night!
He use to be a perfect child and would give me and his dad a kiss goodnight, wave goodbye, and put hs head on the pillow and fall asleep within about 10 minutes BY HIMSELF - now I have to stay in the room or he screams the house down. He also wakes up in an absolute panic - screaming, but not actually crying - around 3/4am EVERY MORNING !
I work 3 days a week and my partner is full time so this is starting to really out a strain on us

we have tried controlled crying but both times he has ended up with tonsilitis ... not sure if this is a coincidence or not ?

PLEASE HELP

Tracey, NSW, 2xboys

Hi Tracey,

Because you are staying in the room until he falls asleep, the reason he wakes screaming is because when he wakes on his light sleep (as we all do) and you were with him when he went to sleep, he looks for you, you are not there and cannot resettle without you. If you were to say read some stories with him and insist on saying good night before he falls asleep like you used to, then when he woke on his light sleep he wouldn’t get a fright and need your presence to resettle. Understanding this makes it all that bit easier to know why we need to go through a few tough nights of insisting they go to sleep on their own. I would say the tonsillitis would have nothing to do with using controlled comforting techniques. Have you tried the It’s Time To Sleep program? You can get details for this in <a href="http://www.huggies.com/au/pregnancy_parenting/yourbabysleep/">Your Baby’s Sleep</a> section or from the <a href="It's time to sleep</a"http://www.itstimetosleep.com/">It's Time To Sleep</a> DVD&Book. You can use the 6 to 12month techniques if your son is still in a cot.

Good luck, Maree

It's Time to Sleep

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