how to get a four yr old to sleep all night?

Nashawn - posted on 05/17/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I have a four year old son, he wakes up at odd hours of the night crying for either me or his dad. How do I get him to sleep through the night?

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Theresa - posted on 05/27/2012

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Well I had the same problem with son when he was three years old, and I thought he would never change his sleepying pattern . Until I started keeping him up till around 8 or 9p.m. and only letting him take one nap during the day . I started seeing that he finally started to get use to the sleep pattern and I still use this same pattern and he is 5 years old now..So I hope I help you .

Annie - posted on 05/23/2012

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well for awhile there my six yr old was finally sleeping in bed all night and all we were doing i making sure he goes full force before bed time and then not putting him to bed till like 9:30 but the only problem w/that is sometimes he would wake up the next morning alittle cranky, but for some reason this week are method hasnt been working so im wondering if he is getting a nap at the sitteres during the day cause that would affect it so will have to check into that

Dawn - posted on 05/20/2012

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I had the same problem with my 4 year old since he was about 2 1/2. I tried responding to him in night different ways but it didn't make any difference. What I found to have helped a lot though is a change in diet. He used to have different snacks and fresh fruit juice after nursery but I read that changing diet might help and it did. He now has a weak squash rather than fruit juice, and different snacks such as yogurt pitta bread and hummus. no cake or biscuits or anything with much sugar in. It was almost instant and now sleeps through every night unless someone sneaks him something he shouldn't have

Nashawn - posted on 05/19/2012

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Thanks for the help ladies. I asked him why and he says he has nightmares, he has a night light and we leave the hall light on for him so he can go potty. Its nice to know that I am not the only one going through this. Thanks again!!

Jessica - posted on 05/19/2012

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Our son has never been a great sleeper. He is 4.5yrs old. He has his toddler bed in our room. Still crawls into our bed too. I was never a great sleeper...got scared of the dark or just feeling lonely. So it was a little easier for me to deal with where my partner thought he was failing as a parent or our son was trying to 'win'. It was hard for awhile as i was in the middle. My partner finally realised after we did a PPP course that its not our fault or anybodys fault but we should embrace the cuddles and find a solution that works for us all. Hence his bed in our room. He is very active and doesn't easily shut down. Talks in his sleep every night too. We were told this is normal for boys who need to move all the time....tiring, but we now manage. Yes, he also has growing pains in his legs, he is already the height of a 6yr old (i had growing pains too). He has half a dose of childrens neurofen before bed & also a childs vitamin with magnesium in it too help with cramps. Our daughter on the other hand is pretty good and looks forward to going to her bed....thank goodness. Good luck.

Heather - posted on 05/18/2012

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You are a mom, you have kids, not all of them sleep through the night, every night. Such is the life of being a parent.

Heather - posted on 05/18/2012

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Well, he is ONLY 4 years old. Him waking up is completely normal. He could be afraid of the dark. Does he have a night light or scary toys in his room? Try laying in his bed one dark night and look around at what he might be afraid of.

Is he potty trained? Our son will wake up in the middle of the night because he has too pee.

Some kids wake up in the middle of the night because of nightmares or even growing pains. Yes, 4 year olds can have growing pains.

How do you get him to sleep through the night, well, is he 18 years old and moved out of the house yet? Do you sleep 7 or 8 hours straight through the night? Because I know that my husband and I don't. We wake up once or twice a night and go back to sleep.

Jennifer - posted on 05/18/2012

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We had this issue for years. I started giving him a cal/mag chewable before bed and he now sleeps through the night.

Natalie - posted on 05/18/2012

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My son was a bed invader and it always seemed to happen at inopportune times; if you know what I mean. Well. My husband and I began by asking him what his reasons were for coming to our bed all the time. Sometimes it was a bad dream, not tired yet, but most of the time it was his bed being uncomfortable. We all know how we like to sleep and what it takes for us as adults to be comfy, so it stood to reason that Jacob was having a hard time with sleeping too. Just to be sure that was the problem, we let Jacob sleep in the softer guest bed and he started sleeping through the night. We got him a foam mattress topper and he sleeps through the night consistently now.

Amy - posted on 05/17/2012

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Have you asked him why he's waking and crying? My son is 6 and doesn't sleep very well he actually has anxiety so at night when it's time to go do sleep he goes into overdrive. At some point he wakes during the night and gets into our bed, I know this doesn't work for everyone I sleep just fine so it works for us. The one thing we've done recently that really seems to be helping him is my husband made him a "tent", so he put some screws in the ceiling and he hung a sheet so it drapes over the bed like he's sleeping in a tent. He is actually sleeping so much better and falling asleep much easier too.

Nicky - posted on 05/17/2012

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I have this problem also with my 4 yr old boy.. if you find the answer please let me know :) My son is addicted to milk so when he wakes up he wants a sippy of milk sometimes 2-3 times a night. I feel like i'm up making a baby bottle like when he was a baby.. its very tiring.

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