A very restless 2 year old?

Nicole - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is 2 1/2 and is a horrible sleeper.He wakes up several times during the night and cries.We are having trouble getting him to stay in his own bed and when he comes and get into ours he kicks throughout the time he is there. I don't know what to do and I need sleep!!!

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Jenifer - posted on 05/23/2011

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Don't let him in your bed unless it's morning and your ready to get up. Let him lay on the couch sit in a rocker or if you can lay in his bed with him. The minute you let him in your bed he'll be there as often as he can. I know it's hard but he will cry himself out and if you don't give in he will give up, it just takes a while. Babies and young children do move alot in there sleep, my eldest son use to do laps around his bed! In the morning he would be upside down in his bed. You need your sleep to be able to deal with him during the day as well as the rest of your life. Just be firm and stick to your routines. I always suggest the no late food, only water for a couple of hours before bed and read stories, sing songs what ever it takes to distract him andhe falls asleep. I have spent as much as two or three hours doing just that when the kids were younger and to be honest I miss it a bit. We had alot of giggles and silly times at bed times. Let him pick a book and read it over and over he'll get just as bored as you are! One of my middle sons even had a bedtime song we made up and sang every time he went to bed. Good Luck! : )

Lisa - posted on 04/28/2009

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i had the same problem so i talked to my health visitor...everytime he wakes up and gets into your bed quietly put him back into his but dont talk to him keep doing this and eventually he should get the message and go to sleep xx

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Jenifer - posted on 04/28/2009

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Basically it's routine, routine, routine have a bed time routine and keep it as steady as possible. Brush teeth, wash face, jammies, story etc..everynight same time if possible. There are always going to be days where it isn't but try to stick with it. If he gets up put him back in his bed and eventually he will stop, the first few times will be tough but it gets easier if you stick with it. It took my third child until he was 13/14 before he realised he could renegotiate his bed time! He went to bed at 8:30 on the dot all those years lol.

Rachael - posted on 04/28/2009

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my 2 1/2 year old daughter was doing the same thing. several times during the night she would wake up and get out of bed crying. my husband would just put her back every time and she eventually stopped. hope you get some sleep soon!

Lisa - posted on 04/28/2009

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i had the same problem so i talked to my health visitor...everytime he wakes up and gets into your bed quietly put him back into his but dont talk to him keep doing this and eventually he should get the message and go to sleep xx

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