2 year old not sleeping well anymore.....

Veronique - posted on 02/24/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old is not sleeping well anymore. :( She has always slept through the night, since she was a baby. And now she wakes up screaming sometimes 2-3 times a night. I don't know if it's nightmares, or just needing extra attention. This started before baby #2 was born. All she wants once she is up is a cuddle and a sip or two of milk. We don't know how to change this or if it will pass on its own....any advice?

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Christine - posted on 03/04/2009

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I am going through the exact same thing. My 2 and a half year old now doesn't want to go to sleep and wakes frequently sobbing as if she's had a nightmare. I have a 3 week old addition. She is so nosy about what is going on with him I think she is afraid she is missing something if she sleeps. It is a lot of absorb for a 2 year old with a new sibling.

Kathy - posted on 10/19/2011

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My two year old son is doing this now, but it seems lime he is waking up at the same time every night. He's very frustrated when he wakes up, but the we get a sip or two of milk, and he's goes potty before we go back to bed. Sometimes he goes right back to sleep and sometimes he's up for 2-3 hrs before going back to sleep. This just started. I'm gonna check his teeth tomorrow... Just to make sure.

Lori - posted on 03/02/2009

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I believe your 2 year old not sleeping well will pass.  I had my second child when my first was a year and a half, and she stopped napping when the baby was bored.  We had a hard time getting her to sleep at night with no nap even!  In fact, she wouldn't sleep in the crib no more, and we used this opportunity to move her to her "big girl" bed.  Extra love and patience is all I can suggest.

Kristen - posted on 04/25/2013

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Veronique- we are going through the SAME thing...at least two times a night, waking, fusing but still alseep. Same thing we are lso rough 2 1/2 months pregnant, I amthinking of putting him in his brothers old toddler bed and out of the crib or maybe linning the crib so he dosent hit the railings, also thinking of getting a small nightlight, he has one of those pillow pets that light up and make starts but that only last a few mins at most. But it has got to be one of a fw things..1)teeth? 2) nightmares or dreams 3) afraid f the dark 4) can sense the change...or with kids ti culd be a combo of any of this. My prayers and support are with us all as we navigate this phase in life together.

Rebecca - posted on 09/29/2011

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My 2 & 7 month year old also had a period of waking in the night a few months ago when I was only 5 months pregnant. I think it was dreams because just a touch and a calm reassuring voice seemed to settle him. It had to be Mamma though..Papa' just would not do. He still occasionally wakes in the night now but he will often settle by himself withing 5 minutes. I think it is a phase all children go through around this age and it will pass for everyone. Lets see what happens when the second one is born in a month's time.

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Mary - posted on 05/01/2013

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My oldest did the same, but she started while I was still pregnant with my second (6 weeks old now). To be honest I didn't notice when it started since I was up most of the night. Once the baby was born, she did it for a couple of weeks and that was it! It helped the fact she saw us checking on the baby and not picking the baby up but to eat. I guess once she saw all her sister was doing was getting milk from my breasts she lost interest.
My newborn is now 6 weeks old, and my oldest will be 2 next month. She wakes up sometimes but goes back to sleep right away. She used to want me to cever her up to go back to sleep, and I'd say in the last 2 weeks she has probably done it once, and to actually go to sleep, not in the middle of the night anymore, thank God!!

Melanie - posted on 03/04/2009

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I'm having the same problem with my 2 year old not sleeping well. She wakes up crying during the night, sounding very distressed. I'm hoping it's either nightmares (seems like it happens to a lot of children around this age) or teething and that it will pass. We still give her water or milk at night if she asked and she isn't potty trained yet.  I think the most important thing is that the whole family gets as much sleep as possible, especially as we have another one due any day now! Potty training can wait.

Veronique - posted on 03/01/2009

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Quoting Danielle:



My daughter Rayeme has also started this and I'm only 2.5 months pregnant... maybe she sences it but I'm thinking more like it's her two year old molars growing in. A couple nights in a row this week she's woken up every hour on the hour after 1am. And she just wanted me to rock her in the rocking chair till she fell asleep.






So IdK if it's attention it could be they are kids and that's all kids want most of the time.






Or it could be her teeth. :)






Hope I helpped?!?





Yes - hearing that it happens to other mothers helps a great deal!! I haven't felt the molars coming in, but one never knows. Or it could just be a phase where she needs more attention, and that is what parents are for.... :)) We will miss these days and wonder at how fast they've grown and become independent too soon!



Thank you,



Veronique

Danielle - posted on 02/26/2009

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after I posted i went back and read the other moms posts... LOL! Yeah I guess we all think alike! :)

Danielle - posted on 02/26/2009

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My daughter Rayeme has also started this and I'm only 2.5 months pregnant... maybe she sences it but I'm thinking more like it's her two year old molars growing in. A couple nights in a row this week she's woken up every hour on the hour after 1am. And she just wanted me to rock her in the rocking chair till she fell asleep.



So IdK if it's attention it could be they are kids and that's all kids want most of the time.



Or it could be her teeth. :)



Hope I helpped?!?

Veronique - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

Has she gotten her 2yr molars yet? If not, they may be coming in and she may be teething. My son sleeps in his toddler race car bed at the end/foot of our bed and he'll wake crying sometimes. I just tell him, mommy and daddy are right here, you are fine. Your water is right there for you, now go back to bed little buddy and he usually does. A couple times we have had to get up and rub his back or head to get him back to sleep, but that's been rare. I am also 33w pregnant with our second. Best wishes!



I have been checking her gums for molars and don't feel any...but I'm keeping an eye on it.  It could be nightmares...she sounds so distressed and anxious.  I know I'm not supposed to be giving her any fluids at night, they say that I won't be able to potty train until we've weaned her from milk/water at night.  But she asks for it and is so upset if we say no. I don't have the courage right now to listen to her scream.  Especially since she can talk now and calls our names and says "please". :( 

Congratulations on your soon-to-be-newborn! What a happy time.  I LOVED being pregnant and giving birth, both times. 

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Has she gotten her 2yr molars yet? If not, they may be coming in and she may be teething. My son sleeps in his toddler race car bed at the end/foot of our bed and he'll wake crying sometimes. I just tell him, mommy and daddy are right here, you are fine. Your water is right there for you, now go back to bed little buddy and he usually does. A couple times we have had to get up and rub his back or head to get him back to sleep, but that's been rare. I am also 33w pregnant with our second. Best wishes!

Veronique - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Kim:

I think its an attentoin thing. My son, who is now 2 & 8 months, went through that stage for about a month. I found that if he was just sooking and not actually crying like he was in pain, i would leave him and he would settle and go back to sleep. Hard to do a a loving mum, but it worked, hes back to sleeping all night again. But i also found that teething time, when he got his last molars, he woke every night until they were completely up, i just gave him nurofen and a kiss and left him to settle of his own. Hes a happy normal , well rested, 2 year old now!



Thank you! I'm sure whatever it is causing my 2 year old to not sleep well will pass....she's such a well-adjusted and happy girl.  And sleep has always been something she loves and has had no problem with....  Surely in a few weeks, months, this will have passed and we'll all  be sleeping.

Kim - posted on 02/24/2009

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I think its an attentoin thing. My son, who is now 2 & 8 months, went through that stage for about a month. I found that if he was just sooking and not actually crying like he was in pain, i would leave him and he would settle and go back to sleep. Hard to do a a loving mum, but it worked, hes back to sleeping all night again. But i also found that teething time, when he got his last molars, he woke every night until they were completely up, i just gave him nurofen and a kiss and left him to settle of his own. Hes a happy normal , well rested, 2 year old now!

Melanie - posted on 03/04/2009

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I'm having the same problem with my 2 year old not sleeping well. She wakes up crying during the night, sounding very distressed. I'm hoping it's either nightmares (seems like it happens to a lot of children around this age) or teething and that it will pass. We still give her water or milk at night if she asked and she isn't potty trained yet.  I think the most important thing is that the whole family gets as much sleep as possible, especially as we have another one due any day now! Potty training can wait.

Veronique - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Kim:

I think its an attentoin thing. My son, who is now 2 & 8 months, went through that stage for about a month. I found that if he was just sooking and not actually crying like he was in pain, i would leave him and he would settle and go back to sleep. Hard to do a a loving mum, but it worked, hes back to sleeping all night again. But i also found that teething time, when he got his last molars, he woke every night until they were completely up, i just gave him nurofen and a kiss and left him to settle of his own. Hes a happy normal , well rested, 2 year old now!



Thank you! I'm sure whatever it is causing my 2 year old to not sleep well will pass....she's such a well-adjusted and happy girl.  And sleep has always been something she loves and has had no problem with....  Surely in a few weeks, months, this will have passed and we'll all  be sleeping.

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