sleeping at night

Jennifer - posted on 03/22/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




My 23 month old had started waking up in the middle of the night not wanting to go back to bed, It has taken at leastan hour to get him to stay in bed without crying, let alone falling back to sleep. anyone have any suggestions on what i can do to help him sleep through the night?


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Tina - posted on 03/22/2011




could be something as simple as being thirsty or nightmares. Maybe some warm milk. It's just a matter of finding the problem. Try not to get too frustrated,. It can be tiring but it can be just as frustrating for the child.

Beth - posted on 03/22/2011




They are kind of expensive, but One Step Ahead has these night lights with a bunny sleeping/a bunny up playing. You program it to show the sleeping bunny for the times your child is in bed, and to show the playing bunny when it's time to get up. Then you can tell them that they can't get out of bed until the bunny wakes up. Surprisingly, it works really well!!!

His waking could be related to something else besides just wanting to get up and out of bed, though. Does it happen every night? Or can you think of something that happens/doesn't happen on the nights he wakes up? Maybe he didn't eat as well so he's hungry? Maybe he took too long of a nap? Maybe his bedtime routine was mixed up? Anything like that can throw them off.

Also, make sure you aren't rewarding the sleepless behavior. Try to give him as little attention as possible while still comfoting him or caring for his needs. You could try the chair method---sit in a chair by his bed while he falls alseep (hold his hand or pat his back, but don't actually hold him). Slowly decrease your support---move your chair a couple feet farther away each night until you are sitting in the hallway.

Stick with it!! Good luck!

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