How do I get my 2 1/2 year old to sleep through the night--every night around 2 am she wakes up screaming and it is a fight to get her back to sleep.

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Jillian - posted on 07/24/2009

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How active is she during the day? I would try more physical activity during the day to wear her out and maybe go to bed a little bit later...depending on her bedtime now. Make sure she has a snack before bed and if and when she wakes up during the night tend to her needs and then put her back in bed. She may cry, but you have to let her know that it is time for sleep not only for her but for you as well and that she is expected to stay in bed.

Jennifer - posted on 07/24/2009

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Thats funny because my daughter just got over that.The only thing that helped me was putting her in a bed.That big change for some reason worked!She now goes to bed at 7:30pm ,she gives a little struggle at first but then goes right to sleep.Hope this helps you.Good luck.

Beverly - posted on 04/30/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

How do I get my 2 1/2 year old to sleep through the night--every night around 2 am she wakes up screaming and it is a fight to get her back to sleep.




Oh I do feel for you as I have the same problem. I adopted my daughter when I was 50 so I must admit that I dont have the energy like I did years ago to challenge them to sleep in their beds if they wake. I am not going to sit up for hours in the middle of the night because Sam cant sleep. Her internal clock has now set for 3 in the morning, so I get up then and put her in bed with us and go back to sleep. She drinks her bottle and then goes right back to slept. My problem as well is that she does not like eating so I am sure she wakes up a bit hungry. The clinic have said that I give her far too much milk with I do to supplement the small eating habit. I know that toddlers need structure but if I keep her up a little while, so tends to only wake closer to sunrise. All in all, I believe that they do just want someone to cuddle up to. So, make sure she has eaten enough, dry nappy, regular temp in room, appropriate clothes (i.e cool or warm) and hope for the best. Good luck and fondest regards. Bev

Karin - posted on 03/10/2009

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I know where you're at - my 2 1/2 yr old son has been doing that lately, too. Just when you think you've got them all settled, and you doze off....waaaaahhhh!

The crying in the night can be many reasons - they are hungry, they had a dream, they are cutting molars..... the list goes on. Some kids are just better, sounder sleepers than others. My middle son (now 7) has/had sleep disturbances all his life. My oldest sleeps like a rock - pretty much always has, but he went through a time when he was 2 -3 yrs old when he woke up hungry - we had to have 2 am waffles or cereal..

What I end up doing these days is (and I know some parents don't agree with this approach) is - if I can't soothe my son back to sleep in his crib by patting his back, etc. I end up bringing him into our bed. He usually just wants to snuggle with mom and dad. Often times, I can't fall back asleep before he does, so I end up moving him back to his crib. If he wakes again, or my husband is miserable with him in our bed, I grab my pillow and a blanket, and lay on the floor next to the crib until either he falls asleep or my back can't handle it any longer. LOL! Usually, I've found that my kids just want someone nearby, and have some reassuring company until they drift back of to sleep. I also have had success with "white noise" or even just putting on a lullaby CD or classical music very softly. We also put a dimmer switch on the ceiling light, and leave it on very dimly, so it's not pitch black when/if he wakes up.

Good luck!

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