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Sleep Nightmare

I have been lucky with my girls. B slept through from 8 weeks and H from 4 weeks and I was always thankful for this. Especially as a single mum, the evenings are my time and it has made things so much easier knowing that by 8pm they are both in bed and in general both asleep by 8:30pm.

A week ago the dummy fairy came and took H’s dummy. She had given up having her dummy during the day when she was 1 and now she had turned 2 the time was right. She was at her dad’s when the fairy came and I was getting nightly text updates on how she was doing. It involved tears and tantrums but she was doing well. Also, for the last 3 weeks she has slept in a room with someone else – we had a week’s holiday where she shared a room with B, then at her dad’s she shares with B and their half sister L.

Saturday they came home, they had been with dad for 2 weeks and I had missed them like hell but was looking forward to how the no dummy thing was going to work. Saturday night she went straight off no fuss and slept through. I was amazed but thought maybe it was just that the time was right. Sunday night she didn’t settle quite so easy but once she went off she was asleep for the night.

Monday H went back to nursery and managed a nap there without dummy, I was really beginning to believe we had cracked in but Monday night things changed. She went off ok but woke at around 3am. Now she is a very intelligent 2 year old and when I asked her if she was going back to sleep she said… “No I don’t want to”, when I asked her why I got various excuses – “I got tummy ache”, “My feet hurt”, “There’s a hair on my finger”, “My feet hurt” the list goes on. After an hour of attempting controlled crying, which made her worse, and sitting with her, which made her wake up more, I decided enough was enough and out came the dummy. Now maybe this was my turning point and I should have stayed strong. Thing is though, as a single mum it’s all me. I can’t share nightmare nights with someone else. I have to deal with it alone, feeling tired, frustrated and guilty for my actions. She went straight back off to sleep.

Tuesday night she played up as soon as she went to bed. She wanted me to stay with her so I did rather than her get upset because controlled crying has never worked with her even as a baby and sitting by her bed for 10 minutes generally relaxes her enough for me to say I need to go and do something and will be back in a minute. She then settles off herself before I come back!! She again woke around 3am and again I tried for an hour and ended up giving her her dummy.

Tonight the tantrum started as soon as I said the word bed. I struggled to get her PJ’s on, she was taking her top off as fast as I was managing to get it on her. Enough was enough, I am worn out this week and so I told her if she calms down she can have her dummy for bed. She did calm down so off we went to bed. I gave her dummy, said goodnight and left. Then the screaming started again. Now she wanted me to stay with her, because the last few nights that’s what I have done, and, like I say she has shared a bedroom for the last 3 weeks. I told her she had to chose between dummy or me sitting with her. She gave me dummy back and after half an hour she was in dreamland.

She woke up about 20 minutes ago. Same excuses for not wanting to go back to sleep. I gave in straight away. I am racked with guilt and I know her dad will thing I’ve undone all the work her did. I just can’t work out what’s best. Do I persevere, and hope that these sleepless nights are only short term. Or do I give up on trying for a while and just accept that as she only has it to fall asleep (she spits it out once asleep), and doesn’t have it for her day time nap or during the day, then actually it’s no bad thing for a little while longer.

Help, all advice gratefully received, what would you do? Persevere or give up on this attempt????


August 11, 2010 - Posted by | Parenting | ,


  1. hey dont know if you will find this any help but with ian he hates a dummy unless his teeth are sore he getting his back molars through just now. it only at bed time he wants one. he gets it next to him in bed but he never usually has it. through out tha day he says the dummy is for babys and says they are yuk. h knows what buttons to push so she gets what she wants lol persevere i think i know its hard but it will all be worth it chick xx

    Comment by fiona | August 11, 2010 | Reply

    • Cheers hun, I know thats what I should do, think I will persevere but just not feel guilty the nights she wakes and will only go off again with it! I dont remember it being this hard with B!!! xx

      Comment by supersinglemum | August 11, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hi, I think you should persevere, it might take while, I know it will be hard and remember that’s just what I think and you know her best. sending you big hugs ((x)). Maybe it’s a comfort thing, when J gave up his dummy he replaced it with skanky blankie and special doggy. He still won’t go to bed without them, in fact as you know they usually come everywhere with him. At the end of the day you know her best so whatever you decide to do will be the right thing.xxxxx

    Comment by mumtoj | August 12, 2010 | Reply

    • She had her dummy tonight, I need sleep. And to be honest would rather her have dummy than need me in the room to go to sleep because thats how it was going! She already has Nuggie (snuggly muslin cloth) and various cuddlies so thats not really an option! And I told him tonight on phone about how she’s been – said she is nothing like that at his, even though Bethany tells me he leaves her to cry for ages to get to sleep!!!!! Thanks hun xxx

      Comment by supersinglemum | August 12, 2010 | Reply

  3. You should probably persevere BUT as a full time working mum (- except i do have a partner but he works opposite ends of the day to me so i hardly see him, so its I am on my own most of the time with her at night and during the night) I would say just go easy on yourself and if it doesn’t happen straightaway don’t fret. you need your sleep so much more. Everything is doubly hard when you are tired and lack of sleep is not something we can catch up on. Good luck and keep us posted!!

    Comment by The Erratic Mummy | August 12, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks, you have said what I am thinking – kind of sounds like giving up for an easy life, but really at 2 years old, whats the harm! She doesnt have it any other time than in bed at night, even her day time nap she goes without. Like you say sleep is important. If she didnt sleep anyway then it would be different I suppose!!! Cheers for reading and for your comment! xx

      Comment by supersinglemum | August 12, 2010 | Reply

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