16 month old waking in the middle of the night

Shawna - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hey my 16 month old daughter has started to wake up in the middle of the night screaming. She won't go back to sleep unless me or her dad sleep on the couch in her room. She used to sleep through the night from 8 to about 7. Any ideas on how to get her to sleep past 2am.

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Eman - posted on 02/10/2009

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Is she teething I know my daughter who is 16 months has started doing that waking screaming the doctor said it is probably from her back teeth coming in and I do notice she is teething so I give her some motrin before bedtime or something to make her comfortable and she is back to sleeping better again.  Best Wishes!!!!

Renae - posted on 01/29/2009

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It's great to hear that other mummys and daddys are going through this to it is sounds like its another stage they must go through. I have a 16mth old daughter, I normal pop the dummy back in and she falls back off to sleep if she doesn't then I pop her in my bed and she falls asleep straight away.

Christine - posted on 01/29/2009

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oh my gosh, I feel so relieved to read this! I was just about to post that my son was doing this and was wondering if I was alone or if anyone had tips! I usually make daddy go in there and my son calms down if he sees them, but after he tries to sneak out, the crying and screaming begins again. I refuse to go in there because if I do, then he wants me to pick up and really wont go back to sleep!



 



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Emma - posted on 02/10/2009

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ME TOO! my little girl is 16 months and has been doing this for a few months now! every so often she will not wake... beginnig to think its habit?? wont sleep unless given milk bottle.....she eats loadz in the day and has 9oz at bed time...very confused..

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my son started also...he was getting in his molars. its horrible. nothing seems to help. we had tried tylenol and mottrin to help with the pain...but they still hurt him. once they came in he started sleeping through the night again..until the other side started coming in. it seemed that mommy was the only thing that helped. Hang in there hopefully it will pass soon!

Toni - posted on 02/05/2009

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my 16mnt old daughter does that. some times she wakes up crys for 5 min then puts her binky back in and goes to sleep. then there are nights where she cries hystaricly untill i put her in bed with me. but her sleeping in bed with me doesnt happen to offten i normally just go over to her talk to her calm her down. if she starts screaming when i put her down i let her scream i know she has a full belly and theres nothin wrong with her so i let her know bed time is in her bed. once she realizes that she isnt sleeping with me she lays down and goes to sleep on her own. but there are some nights where she just wont stop and those are the nights i put her in bed with me. it happens maybe 2 times a mnt. hope i helped some....

Nikki - posted on 01/31/2009

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Is she having Night Terrors?? I think they are supposed to start around this age - not sure how long it lasts though... I am sorry I am not much help

Allison - posted on 01/30/2009

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My son does this and is also teething. 4 big molars all at once, poor guy. Usually he will go back to sleep on his own in a few minutes if I don't go in at all. You can tell by the kind of crying. Sometimes he won't and that's when I just go in and rock him for a bit and then he goes back down. I never take him out of the room or turn on lights. I try to keep everything as low key as possible.

Even if he doesn't wake up my neighbor's daughter shares a wall with my bedroom (we live in a multiplex) and she is awake and screaming at 2am almost every single night (she's 2). Either way I'm awake. I just don't bother going to sleep until 2am now hahaha.

Lara - posted on 01/30/2009

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My daughter is 16 months. Since i bought a dim night light and make sure there's a bottle in the cot we have no more problems.



 

Christine - posted on 01/29/2009

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My daughter has been doing the same thing and we thought it was her teeth. So 30min before we put her down we gave her some infant motrin and it helped out alot. However there are times she seems fine when we put her down and she falls asleep fine but then we hear a loud shreiking scream put of the blue between 2-2:45am. We go in and get her, give her a bottle and let her lay with us for just a few minutes and then take her back to her crib. Sometimes she cries for a little longer but it doesn't last long.

Karen - posted on 01/29/2009

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Hi!



I've just joined so new to this! my son is 16mths & is doing exactly the same thing as your daughter? he used to sleep thru & go to sleep on his own easily but now he won't, just cries! & my hubby or I have to lie on the floor nxt to his cot to soothe him till he drifts off?! plud he wakes 2-3, & its the same thing again... nightmare. Mind u, think hes getting a cold...



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Linsey - posted on 01/28/2009

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What is it with the 16mo old girls! We started having the same issues a month ago - and it was every night between 2AM - 2:45AM like clockwork. . . .she even had me convinced it was the boogie-man with the scream! The only change we've made was let her have some crackers 30 mins before bedtime and a nightlight! She hasn't done it since - so honestly I'm not sure if it was that she needed something a little heavier on her tummy to sleep or the boogie-man which the light took care of!

Sarah - posted on 01/28/2009

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I am in the same boat with my 16 month old girl. If I can't get her back to sleep by rocking her while standing or sitting I usually just take her to my bed and she is back to sleep in seconds. It's crazy, I think she just like to be with mommy and daddy as much as possible, even in slumber.  :-)

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