Kid all of the sudden not sleeping - have to stand or sit in his room until fully asleep

Allison - posted on 07/09/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My little boy has always been a great sleeper. Until now, 2.5 yrs old. We have a good nightly routine and I dont know if its me or what but now he screams bloody murder if I try to leave the room after singing and reading books. My husband or I have to wait until he is fully asleep to "sneak" off. He is even fine if we sit in the doorway and not with him as long as we can see we are still there. We have bought stuffed animals, lights, keep door open, etc. and I don't know what to try next. It kills our nights. And then once we are able to sneak off, he wakes up and comes into our room and we have to do it all over. Anyone else going through this? It just happened all of the sudden and nothing is working. Advice?

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Kim - posted on 07/18/2012

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I have twins, and when I finally had to switch to toddler beds this past May, I had to go through the same thing. Luckily it was only with one twin. There were nights I had to put him back to bed 10-15 times before he finally went to sleep. Three months later, most nights are pretty stress free. It take A LOT of consistency. I bought the door knob things that keep toddlers from opening doors, i put one on the inside of their bedroom so they couldn't get out. Seems mean, but it worked! I also took out everything in their room but their beds, dressers and blankies etc. It took a good month to get them to go back to bed the way they used to. You have to keep putting him back. I've read that if you are quiet and don't say anything to the child, they will eventually get bored and learn that going to bed is their only option. My kids on the other hand, did better if I just hugged them and said it's time to go to bed, and gave them a kiss and left the room. They still wake up at weird times and I have to tell them to go back to bed, but they do. I think it's the age, they are learning independence and you need to reinforce that mommy and daddy are still in charge.

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