My 22 month old son only sleeps 4 hours a night

Miranda - posted on 04/03/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 22 month old son only sleeps 4 hours a night. He will go back to sleep between 6 and 7am and wants to sleep for 4-6 hours. He has been doing this for months. Ive tryed just about everything. He is usually asleep by 8:30 pm but is back up at 12:30. He is cranky all the time. Ive tryed keeping him up all day for a few days in a row but he still only slept around 4 hours durring the night. I switched his schedule, thinking that would help but it didn’t. He eats dinner around 5 or 6 pm, bath 7, story time at 7:20 and in bed by 8. He has to be wore out. I know I am. What should I do.

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Miranda - posted on 04/07/2011

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I normaly do give him a bed time snack if he wants one. He has played outside the past few days and I figured that he would sleep better. He doesnt its the same. He sleeps his 4 hours and then hes back up. Ive been making him stay in bed for a couple hours with me and if he doesnt fall back to sleep we get up. I hope it passes soon. he has been doing this for over 6 months. Thanks for all the advice.

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Do you give him a bed time snack. I know some are trying to cut back but at the age they burn up alot of calories. Maybe give him a little healthy snack during story time then have him brush teeth and off to bed. Good luck. This to will pass.

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With all due respect to your husband: I am a night owl, too. One of my children will go to bed (early) without me saying a word, the other - well, he is the night owl, and the one who had me up every two-four hours : ) but sleeps through the night now.
Though it won't make your son sleep, it might make you laugh. I have seen photos of me as a baby and I was just sitting in my crib, in the dark, at all hours. I think it's wiring, seriously!! I met a monk long ago who said, "I love the night because all the people are sleeping and I can hear the silence of the Universe."

Miranda - posted on 04/03/2011

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Thanks Christina. Ive learnd to live with the sleep deprivation. I would love to get him back to a normal sleep schedule since its starting to get warm. My husband thinks its my fault because im a night owl. The only good thing that has came out of it I lost 38 lbs in the past 4 months.

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Hang in there sister! If you are worried, check with your doctor. One of my children didn't sleep all night until 4.5 years old, I'm not sure keeping him up would help over time, may be irritating for you both. My Doctor put it best when I thought I wouldn't get through the sleep deprivation, "Yes, you will - because you have no choice, and you're a good mom." This too shall pass. . .hang in there. Maybe not what you wanted to hear - I hope a mom has a magic formula, but I do not know of any : ) every child is just wired differently, and we somehow manage to adjust - it's miracle really.

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