Help! I have a 2 year old insomniac!

Rachel - posted on 01/23/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 year old and 9 month old twins. The 2 year old is going through a phase where she fights nap and bedtime everyday. The biggest reason this is a problem is the 3 of them share a room. So if she doesn't sleep the twins don't sleep. I thought she might be ready to not have a nap anymore. That just made her a big cranky blubbering mess. I've tried everything I can think of rocking her, singing to her, putting her down first, putting her down later. Most nights she won't even slew sleep through the night. I'm so tired of the fight. And the poor twins are tired to. Does anyone have suggestions?

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Gena - posted on 01/24/2014

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If you have the possibility that your husband can take the 2year old to go to a public indoor swimmingpool in the evening then give it a try.We have one thats open till 21:30 and when my hubby takes him to go swim in the evening our son releases all his energy there and sleeps great.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/23/2014

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Well, at least she's not waking them...LOL...

Honestly, my kids went through a stage like this too...I (sleep deprived...) at first would plug in 101 dalmations, and stretch out on the futon with LO. Usually I'd doze, and he'd fall asleep by the end of the movie.

After about 5 nights of this, hubby wandered into the front room at around 3 am, and said "whats the deal?" I said "he hasn't been sleeping well, so he watches dalmations". Dad said "not any more, he doesn't." He looked at LO, said "son, your mother needs her sleep. You don't have anything wrong, do you?" LO said "No, I just wanna play" Dad said "well, play happens during the day. Night is for sleep. Mom won't get out of bed with you any more unless you're hurt or sick, ok?" And it stopped.

Don't know why it started, still amazes me that a simple conversation (with a 2 yo no less) was the solution. I think with my kid, at first it was a bad dream or something, and he saw a loophole: Mom is too tired to think at 3 am, I can get away with extra tv time...not that it was that evolved of a thought process at 2 years old, but...

Its frustrating, I know. I'll keep thinking on it, because I seriously doubt that your LO will be as amiable as mine was about "mom isn't doing this anymore" talks from dad...but, hey, you never know...

Rachel - posted on 01/23/2014

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Unfortunately we can't separate them. The twins have actually slept through the night since they were about 2-3 months. Most of the time she doesn't wake them up during the night. But they haven't been able to nap longer than an hour in weeks.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/23/2014

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Any way you can separate her from the twins? They may be contributing to her lack of sleep as well, or her desire to stay awake. She knows that you come in to take care of them more times than you do her during the night, and doesn't necessarily understand at the age of 2, that they need more care than she does.

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