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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Krystal
    February 11, 2010 / 3:39 PM

    Ok, I need some help. My 2 1/2 year old has been sleeping through the night since she was about 8 1/2 weeks. In october our whole family got the flu and she started waking up at night-since she was sick we would go in there give her some loves/meds whatever she needed and then put her back in bed. When she got better I expected her to go back to sleeping through the night-but she didn't! It has now been 4 months, and I am so frustrated I could just pull my hair out! She is not getting up for anything-she comes in our room crying and asks us to take her back to bed. That is it. At first we would pick her up or take her and take her back to bed. But I have recently started telling her, "No, I am not taking you to bed. Go by yourself." in which she promptly starts screaming (in the middle of the night) and the only way I can make her go is to threaten her w/ a spanking (which I hate) or that she will get in trouble, etc. I don't know what to do! I am also 5 months pregnant so I know that in 4 months we will not be able to be so vocale about her going to bed while there is a little newborn sleeping next to my bed. Also at some point we have to move her into a room w/ her older brother (who sleeps beautifully and soundly (i think) through all this screaming) and I don't want to do that until she has stopped waking up at night. I have considered locking her door or putting up a baby gate so that she can't get out at night, but at the same time if she needs me at night I want her to know that she can get up and come to me… We have made sure that her room isn't too hot/cold, given her melitonin, a night light, etc. man, I have a problem. if you have any advice it would be so great. thanks.

  2. Redheads
    February 13, 2010 / 12:35 AM

    I am LOVING this new feature!

  3. Plowmanators
    February 23, 2010 / 6:56 PM

    Krystal,If it were me, I think I would put the gate up or lock on the door. Tell her she can have them off when she shows she can handle it.I think this is an example of a freedom gone wrong 🙂 She isn't quite old enough to control herself to stay in bed when it is time, and she is taking advantage of the freedom. Take that freedom away. Tell her she can call you if she needs something, but she may not get out of her bed.The day will come when she is old enough to handle this freedom of getting out, but she isn't old enough for it yet.

  4. Plowmanators
    February 23, 2010 / 6:56 PM

    Amy, I am glad! I think it is fun!

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