my son is 2 and a half years old and wakes up a couple of times during the night. What can I do to get him to sleep through the night??
Reem - posted on 01/29/2009
1. Make sure that he is not hungry. better feed him carbohydrates at night cause they take longer to digest and will keep him full.
2.Make sure that the room temperature is between 18-20 degrees celcius and that he's just pefect.
3.Make sure his diappers are clean before he sleeps.If he's potty trained let him go to the toilet before sleeping.
4.Keep all lights switched off .
5. you can keep a shirt of your's with your smell on it he will feel that you're beside him.it worked for me.
6.when he wakes try to give him a little water he might be thirsty,then gently pat on his back until he gets back to sleep.
7. when he wakes up don't switch on any lights or tallk to him,if you do he will be alerted.
8.if there are still teeth growing then it would be better if you give him a pain killer before he sleeps.
I hope this helps, I know how much it's hectic. :)
Nikki - posted on 01/29/2009
Routine and structure is so very important to a child's schedule. Try to eat dinner around the same time every night, and then start doing settling things. Like we turn off the TV, play a quiet board game or something like that. Bath time is a great thing, a nice soothing bath, I buy the lavender johnson's stuff because lavender is calming and soothing to the senses.
Then we wind down to bed time with a story, now that our girls are older they will read themselves but we still read to them sometimes. But when they were little, we would read a story. It helped a lot that it was both my husband and I that would put them to bed. They feel more secure and together that way, and also don't wonder what the other parent is doing like they are missing out on something! And they know that both mom and dad are a team for bedtime rules. Some kids need a night light, it helps keep anxiety down, also things like stuffed animals and a special night time blanket is soothing to them. And if he wakes up during the night, keep it simple and quiet while you put him back down. Don't talk too much and don't make it another story time or music time or anything like that. Or else it will become part of his routine and will give him a reason to wake up and worse.. wake you up!
The only other thing I can think of his how full of energy boys that age are.. make sure he's getting enough of his energy out during the day. Try to work in outside playtime, even something as simple as walking the dog together or kicking a soccer ball around in the backyard.
Good luck, hope it goes well!!
Allison - posted on 01/29/2009
Well, My eight year old has maybe slept through the night 50 times her entire life. Sorry I do not mean to discourage. She is her father's child. Just can't sleep. When she was little I would go ahead and fix a pb&j and a juice box and put it in the frig. I laid books beside her bed and a reading light. Most morning I would find that she had been up and had a snack or read a book.
This sounds strange but going to bed became such a terrible time because even at 3 she knew she would wake up and not be able to sleep. Now she knows she has something to fill that time. And it seems she goes back to sleep more easily. But quite often she survives of 4 hours of sleep and she goes to bed at 9pm on the dot, take bath, read book, get drink, say prayer. turn off light.....3 am eyes wide open. I feel sorry for her. But her dad does the same thing 3-4 nights a week. Now they share what I did while everyone else slept stories. Guess you have to bond some how.
Just know that every child is different. Try the suggestions. But most of all figure out what works for you and your family
Colleen - posted on 01/29/2009
I am a firm believer on letting them cry it out. Unless my daughter is sick, when she wakes up at night I don't go in to get her I let her cry back to sleep she used to cry for an hour or so but now she is usually quiet within a few minutes its all about just plugging your ears and waiting till he falls a sleep.
Kathy - posted on 01/29/2009
My daughter went through that spell and I started giving her a glass of milk right before bedtime...and now that she is 5, she goes to bed every night with a sippie cup of ice water. That way if she wakes up and she is thirsty, she takes a quick sip and falls right back to sleep without having to get up in the middle of the right.
Becka - posted on 01/29/2009
I think your son wakes up in the night coz its grown to be part of his routine. jus like if we get up early in the mornings for work your body automatically sets its self a routine to wake early even on a saturday when we know we can sleep a bit later. I think that the first time he wakes u shud go in an gently tell him to go back to sleep, tuck him back in an leave the room. Dont let him have any drinks either. repeating this should help with his body clock. Another way is harder but very effective, its ur will against his. Each time he wakes leave him to cry a bit longer so eventually he will begin to realise that night is for sleep. it isnt easy but it definately works. My little boy learnt from really early on. When i put him down each night an he cried it was like torcher for me all i wanted to do was go up an sooth him but in doin so jus made him think that each time he cried id be there soothing him. All it took was one night and a very long phone call to my mom to stop me going up in to his room. He's slept through ever since. Hope this helps xx
Melanie - posted on 01/29/2009
It is always a good thing for a childs feeling of security safety to have a good routine for everything. This would include mealtimes and bedtimes. Do not allow your child to go to sleep when he wants. Set a time and make it pleasant. Like reading and praying and chatting a bit together and maybe singing to him or her. Tucking them in and then a calm child falls peacefully asleep even after you switced off the light. Also make sure your child had a good meal at dinner time and is not thirsty before he goes to bed. If the child still wakes up sometimes it might be that the afternoon sleeping time was to extended or out of routine. If it still happens sometimes. be calm and work gently but quickly at making sure that he does not want to go to the toilet or maybe had a nightmare. settle him quietly and do not switch on all the lights Then put him back to bed reassuring him that all is ok and you will see him in the morning. But speak as little as possible. Remember it is not time now for stories etc. again.
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