My 2 year old no longer sleeps through the night

Taryn - posted on 04/27/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son used to sleep so well, even when we moved him out of his cot and into a big bed, he used to go to sleep at 7pm and wake at about 5am (not ideal, but he was sleeping through at least). Recently he's been waking up between midnight and 2am and crawling into bed with us, we take him back to his bed and sometimes he goes right back to sleep, but other times he's persistent and keeps getting out of his bed and crawling into ours. Some nights we are both just too exhausted to keep up the fight and he sleeps in our bed until the morning. I can see this is already becoming a bad habit, especially since tonight when I told him it was bedtime he ran to our bed and lay down. We've tried putting him in bed earlier and later to see if this helps, but no matter what time he goes to bed, he's waking at the same time. Some early mornings he doesn't even get into bed with us, but stands next to me and says 'wakey wakey mommy, wakey wakey mommy' I tell him I want to sleep and he says 'no no no no no mommy, wakey wakey'. I'm laughing as I type this cause it is quite comical. Thankfully we have no trouble getting him to sleep in the first place, it's just the early morning visits we're really struggling with. Has anyone else had this problem? How did you sort it out?

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Kristine - posted on 06/15/2011

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I feel your pain! My little grl would do this and scream unless we let her into bed with us......and sometimes we were too exhausted to deal with it so we'd let her. Of course it became a habit and it was tough to break. We had to end up repeatedly put her into her own bed after checking to see if she had a wet/dirty diaper or something like that and shutting the door. It was very tiring and frustrating, but after about a week it really started to taper off and now I m glad we did it. We just tucked her back in kissed her good night and left the room. She'd get up, we would repeat the process. After the third time of us tucking her in, we would do the process silently the rest of the night until she fell asleep. It's not easy or fun but it worked. We also bought her a really cool night light that changes colors and told her she can only have it on if the sleeps in her own bed and that helped. I found some useful resources on the nanny 911 website. Best of luck! I think most kids go through this at some point and just remember, this too shall indeed pass!!!

Joanne - posted on 05/23/2011

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My daughter is doing the same right now too! I just hope its a phrase! We unfortunately often let her stay in our bed when she climbs in or if we are awake enough we put her back! I find it is not every night but most nights think we just need to work through it! I feel sleep is more important than where u sleep!

Taryn - posted on 05/07/2011

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Thank you all so much, it's nice to know I'm not the only one! Thankfully he's been sleeping through now for the past few days, I'm hoping this will continue! As Carly suggested, I'm almost certain leg cramps were waking him. Especially coupled with an increased appetite, could have been a growth spurt. Thank you again ladies. Suzie, definitely a toast to coffee ;). Carmina, I hope your little one is also just experiencing a few growing pains during the night, if it is, I'm sure he'll be sleeping through again soon :)

Carmina - posted on 05/06/2011

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my son is doing the exact same thing right now, and has been for about 6 weeks or more! i am also caving in and having him sleep in our bed, im so exhausted preg with second bub the last thing i want to do is fight with my son when he can sleep instantly in my bed lol bad habit i know! hes 18months btw.. hoping this stage will pass!

Carly - posted on 05/06/2011

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do you think something is waking him up? like a new sound or something? or teething pain?
My son just went through a waking up period and it turned out to be leg cramps waking him up. OJ or a banana before bed solved it (anything high in potassium).

Suzie - posted on 05/05/2011

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I have no words of wisdom, but if you find any please pass them on! I am right there with you. My daughter did that same thing, but I can't remember what worked. I think persistence and my will to 'win the bed wars' got me through. Here's to coffee!!!

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