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My daughter Beth is two, and she has always been a really great sleeper. She used to say "night-night" and go tuck herself into bed everynight, around 7:30. Then a few months ago she started having night terrors, where we would have to go in and comfort her and put her back to bed. Those went away thankfully, but she never slept quite as well. Then about a month ago we tried to take away her binky at night and that went terrible. She ended up crying and freaking out for 3 hours until we just gave it back to her. Ever since then she has been sleeping worse and worse, even though she still has the binky. It has been getting steadily worse. The last few nights I have not been able to get her to bed until almost midnight, and even then she only sleeps when I am with her. She won't let dh go to her at all, and so it is really wearing me out. The last two nights I just moved her into our bed so I could get some sleep, and when dh came to bed she pushed him away and said "No! Mommy and Beth!"
When I try to put her in her room she shakes in fear as soon as we get in there. If I leave her she cries and screams for help, and throws all of her toys and furniture in front of the door. (why, I don't know - since that makes it harder for me to get in) I would feel better if I thought she was just being bad, but she really seems very scared which makes me feel bad if I don't go get her.
We've made it through the weekend, but I can't do this every day of the week. We are out the door by 7:30am on weekdays and so she needs her sleep. And I need my evening hours to do house and schoolwork. And dh wants his half of the bed back! (he slept alone in her sesame street bed last night, poor guy)
Any ideas? Please tell me this is just a phase. I am not opposed to letting her cio, but it just hasn't seem to work in this case.
I'm sorry I didn't get to this post sooner, but I had no advice and was hoping someone else would. I have no experience with night terrors at all, but if she seems scared then it probably has something to do with them. I don't know if CIO would be the way to go in this case. Have you talked to her pedi about this at all?
How did she make out this week?