Nightmares or Night Terrors?

Nightmare or Night Terror?

Nightmare or Night Terror?

Frances has been waking up in the night a few nights a week in a fit of tears. This is very unusual for her, and distressing for us, because she seems so sad! At first I thought it was night terrors, because I’ve heard that’s a thing for infants and toddlers, but now I’m not so sure.

Night terrors usually don’t start until a child is 18 months, and are different than nightmares in that the child cannot be awakened or comforted. Franci is only 13 months, and when we go to comfort her, she is awake and responds immediately to our attention.
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Babysitting at Bedtime

Can someone please do this for me?

Can someone please do this for me?

Lately our “date nights” have included Frances, especially now that she’s eating solid foods and is easily entertained at restaurants. The last time we went out to dinner alone, Frances’ bedtime was pretty late and we got home before her last feeding.

Now Franci’s bedtime routine starts at 7pm and she is asleep by 8pm. By routine I mean she nurses for 40 minutes, I change her diaper and put on her pj’s, and then she nurses herself to sleep in the next 15 minutes. I would love to go out on a date with my husband and come home to a sleeping baby, but I’m not sure how to go about that.
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