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I would love to hear from some other Mums on their tips for sleep training a 19 month old. Our son is still waking 2-3 times a night and at the moment I have been resorting to getting up and giving him a bottle of milk (heavily diluted with water). This does get him back off to sleep but he will… usually wake again a couple of hours later for another one. I did train him to sleep using controlled crying at around 8 months and it worked, however after a holiday away staying with friends I slipped back into the bottles so that we wouldn’t be disturbing others too much. I tried again last week to use controlled crying but it was horrible. He got so upset I couldn’t hold out. Perhaps this is because he is much older now? Has anyone had similar problems? I would love to hear any advice or stories that you may have that would help.

Posted by Mel 2.3.2013


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  • Very informative comments in this post


  • I sleep trained both of my kids right from the start. Obviously when they are newborns you still get up and feed them, but you put them into their cots awake and sooth them to sleep from the edge of the cot slowly graduating to leaving them to self sooth for intervals until they don’t need you to go to sleep at all.
    With my oldest she was sleeping through from about 10 weeks but did start to wake in the night at around 6mths when she was getting teething pain. To break this habit I used to send in my husband with a bottle of water. Once she learned that waking wasn’t going to give her the reward of warm milk she soon settled down within a few weeks.
    Don’t loose heart with the controlled crying. You may get a few bad nights, but he will grow out of it. Try sending in your partner and just using straight water, warmed a little so that it is the same temp as a bottle of milk.


  • Really very interesting comments on this!


  • I found some great advice and tips on this topic!!


  • Save our sleep by tizzy hall is a great book about sleep training and has been a great reference for us in our house


  • Hope you managed to find the answer you were looking for.


  • What did you end up doing?


  • How did you go with sleep training?


  • I hope that at least one of the suggestions worked for you and your little one.


  • How is he going? Anything worked?


  • It is always a difficult challenge this one, I hope you have settled into a routine now.


  • Hope everything is working out for you


  • Hope it’s all going well for you.


  • I’d make sure hes having a very filling dinner and a bottle before bed. Rach also has lots of great info there..


  • Give him a bottle of water


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