2 a.m. and wants to play!

Celeste - posted on 05/18/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daughter has been a great sleeper for the past 2 months, even letting me know she wants to go to bed by pointing at the crib! Now, for the past 3 days, she is waking in the middle of the night wide awake and wanting to play! It takes hours to calm her down and get her back to bed. My husband and I both work and this is just awful!

I tried cutting back her afternoon nap, nothing. I tried putting her down a little later than normal, nothing. What do I do?



Also, I know its not food intake as she is an excellent eater and fills up before bed.



Anyone else with this problem? How did you solve it? IS THERE HOPE!!?

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Tiffany - posted on 06/02/2010

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my daughter gets up on her own in the middle of the night and plays and does who knows what, we dont go in there and bother her or even let her know we wake up, she goes back to sleep on her own after she gets the playing out of her system. maybe u can give that a shot

Natasha - posted on 05/27/2010

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My 14 month old has done the same, she still has two naps a day and will go to bed at 8pm every night and wakes between 8 and 9 am in morning. But once every month will get a few nights where she wake and wants to play.I will take her downstair with the spare quiet and let her sit on my lap in the dark and put baby tv, but dont let her play with her toys and eventually she dropping back to sleep so she will go back in her cot, but it is definitely a phases as my niece does the same.

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Maria - posted on 06/03/2010

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i Am having the same problems i dont know wot to do either so if u get any info please let me know

Gillian - posted on 06/01/2010

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hi my 15mnth old did the same she has always been a really good sleeper from 6mnths has 1 40 min nap during the day and goes to bed 7pm wakes 7-8am and would hardley wake up at all in the middle ov the night but she would wake at night wanting to play and wouldnt go back to sleep. but i am quite stricked and dnt let her come out ov the cot and there is defentanly no play time at night i would settle her back down and if she cries i just keep going back in and lay her back down it was really hard as i get up to go to work at 530 so i was shatterd but it did help she hasnt dn it since. but maby that lady is right she may need more sleep

Sally - posted on 05/27/2010

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9 o'clock is definately too late if she is getting up between 4-6. They need about 12 hours of sleep a night at this young age, plus one or two sleeps during the day. I hope it is just a phase and it gets better for you, there's nothing worse than sleep deprivation!

Katie - posted on 05/26/2010

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I have read that no matter what time you put your child to sleep, they still will get up at approx. the same time in the morning. My daughter goes to bed around 7:30 most nights and wakes up between 7-8am each morning. If she goes to bed at 10pm, she still wakes up around 7-8.

How about putting some stuffed animals in your daughter's crib-something she can entertain herself with if she wakes up in the middle of the night. Or some soft books. We have a giraffe that one can hit a button and on will come some soft sounds. We also still have our daughter's mobile up and she will turn that on and off if she wakes up in the middle of the night or earlier than expected in the morning.

So try something like that so she can entertain herself.

And yes, I agree, it is certainly a phase and she will be back to her normal self soon. There could be a huge milestone coming up or she just completed or she is growing or cutting teeth.

My daughter started walking and for a couple of nights, she woke up screaming. She tends to do that when she accomplishes a huge milestone (walking, crawling, talking, etc.)

Jen - posted on 05/25/2010

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If 9 is late then I'm bad as we put our 14 month son to bed around 11pm. He has been a great sleeper (sleeps till about 11am and sometimes later) but recently have heard him upstairs banging his bottle on his bed & talking to himself. He usually does that for awhile and then goes to bed finally. If he doesn't, I get him out of his crib, let him play in his playpen for about 30 minutes and then put him down with a bottle. He goes to bed then.

Celeste - posted on 05/23/2010

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Thank you for your comments. Yes she does have a routine and we try not to deviate from that. Yes Beck, I think she is cutting some new teeth, I just found it odd that instead of crying she just wanted to play. This could be her problem, thank you.



I tried going in and calming her (no lights no stimulation) with soft music and rocking... she just pulled my hair =o)



I tried laying in bed with her for a while, she stood up and body slammed me....



She doesn't take a bottle anymore and she refused the sippy... so I know its not thirst or hunger



She is in Daycare half days and takes about an hour and a half nap at 12 and thats it until bed... I don't think its because shes just not tired... my friends children sleep about 3-4 hours more than she does.



Also, if she does't wake wanting to play, she gets up 2-3 hours earlier than she used to... should I be putting her down later at night? She already goes to bed a 9 (which I think is kind of late) and wakes between 4-6. Im worried she isn't getting enough sleep for her age.

Natasha - posted on 05/20/2010

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yeah my son has just started the same thing this past week! the first couple nights I played with him thinking he would get tired... that didnt happen... He even plays in the dark! There is no concept of fear yet. So I do the same thing I lay on the floor in his room with a blanket and pillow he always play near by. Once he is back sleepy I put him to bed.

Melanie - posted on 05/20/2010

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It happens with my daughter sometimes. I think it's important to let them know it's still nighttime and they have to sleep. Lights off, no stimulating interaction, just cuddle and calm them. I suppose we all wake up during the night sometimes but we know we have to go back to sleep if it's 2am. They have no concept of time so they think great, play!

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I would either let her cry it out,, then she will know its not time to play, or put up with it, try giving her a warm bottle/sippy cup

Jennifer - posted on 05/19/2010

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They go through phases. When my son wakes in the middle of the night, I just make sure I am boring. I don't really talk to him, except quietly. I just comfort him/feed him. I work too and the one night when my son still wouldn't settle, I just made sure the door was shut to his room and I laid on the floor with a pillow and blanket. He played for maybe 20 minutes by himself and then he did go back to sleep, right beside me.

Beck - posted on 05/19/2010

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What is she sleeping during the day? Is it teeth? my son often want to be up and play when he is cutting teeth. It seems that he happier and not in pain awake. I know it sucks but for him its maybe once in a month / fortnight? Hopefully we are all done on the teeth front for now. What about your daughter?

Katherine - posted on 05/18/2010

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Sometimes they just go through phases....I take it she has a routine? Have you changed that at all?

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