My toddler's sleeping habits.. Need help, suggestions!

Machaela - posted on 02/26/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )




I have a 2 year old little girl and for a long time she used to sleep in her crib with no problems. Probably close to two months ago that all changed. She started waking up screaming... Not just screaming because she was wanting me, screaming rolling around the bed, arching her back, huge tears and completely inconsolable in a rage of panic. Of course the first time this happens I freak out, pick her up, pace with her until she calms down close to 30 minutes later. This happened at least once every night. The doctor said this is the age night terrors happen. She is terrified of her crib, so I put her to bed with me. Please don't judge me because of that, I am a single, working mother of 2 and I need sleep or would like it anyways! Well, she now wakes up every hour, tossing and turning, crying for her binkie (that we had quit using) I am concerned... Wondering if anyone else has had this experience, if she will grow out of it, if it's something I should press for more answers with my Dr.


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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/26/2014




Ditto Jodi...this is a common age for night terrors. I didn't make a place in my room for the kids, but I did take them back and cuddle with them for a few minutes until they were relaxed again. I never made a big deal about the midnight wakings, made sure they knew that they were safe, and could get me any time.

My eldest had night terrors, nervous sleepwalking, etc, but for whatever reason, my younger one never did. Whether it was because he shared a room with big brother, I am not sure...

Most likely, it will pass. I do remember times when I would think to myself "really, son? at 2:30 am?"...LOL...but I never voiced it.

Hang in there, honey!

Jodi - posted on 02/26/2014




My daughter has a very vivid imagination and spent many a night in my bed with me due to nightmares. She was a bit older when it started (about 3), and was already in a bed. I ended up putting the old cot mattress on the floor next to my side of the bed with a pillow and blanket, and she would wander in to our room, she'd get a cuddle from me for 15-20 minutes, and then she was happy just to have me near her and she'd curl up on the mattress with whichever soft toy she was attached to that week. She didn't have to be IN my bed, but just wanted the security of me being near her. It worked for all of us, because we got our sleep.

It became less and less frequent as she got older, but this set up was there for her until she was about 6. As she got older, she was also less likely to wake us, she'd just creep in quietly and we'd wake in the morning and there she was in her little "nest". I never saw it as something I was enabling, and I don't believe I did. I offered her a place to feel safe from her nightmares that she could go 24/7 without fear.

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