What are some suggestions for sleepless toddler?

Lisamarie - posted on 02/24/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




My son will be 2 in May and we have been having sleep issues for probably close to a year. He has always been really good to put down to sleep for naps and at night but he will not sleep all the way through. In October we moved to a new house and after a month he stopped going for naps...so I figured he was adjusting. Then up until Christmas he was sleeping in our room along with our 4 year old daughter. We got everybody back into their own rooms after Christmas and naps are still an issue but he's going to bed without fussing. He still gets up at about 3 or 4 in the morning and wants to come to our bed. The last couple of nights he's starting to act scared again when we go to his room and he's fighting us when we try to lay him down. He's just on his crib mattress on the floor because we thought maybe he didn't like being in the crib anymore. I am at a loss for what to do. He will cry for an hour or more if I let him but that's too hard on both of us. My daughter was not like this...please help!


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Michelle - posted on 02/25/2012




we give our daughter a homeopathic liquid that is completely safe and not habit forming it helps her mellow before sleeping. Both of my kids are extremely high strung and my son who is now 11 has to unfortunately take sleeping pills or he does not get the rest he needs, so when the sleeplessness started with our 2 year old we did some research and found "Quietaide" some of the things in it is chamamille it calms her and then she sleeps peacefully through the night. It is to be given twice a day which lets her nap as well. The formula we use is for babies so don't know what we will do if she doesn't outgrow this issue

Anjanette - posted on 02/25/2012




Neither of my children have slept through the night before age 2. We have either pulled them into bed with us or gone to their (twin) bed until about 2 years, and then started encouraging them to stay alone in their beds. It's been a process and we've just tried not to let it stress us. They are still so little even though it seems like they are getting huge (especially when you are sleep deprived and don't feel like you have enough to give).

Our son liked having a sippy cup next to his bed and a stuffed animal to snuggle. He also likes to have music on all night so that there are familiar noises when he wakes. We are still working through this with our daughter. We bought her a glow worm for a nightlight, and we're going to give it to her soon

Connie - posted on 02/25/2012




is he afraid the dark? all 4 of my girls developed a fear of the dark....we didnt make a big deal of it just gave them what they needed to be comfortable and they all eventually grew out of it. at that age it could also be a bit of seperation anxiety which is also completely normal. after an upset in our living arrangement our youngest would only sleep in the room with her sister and at first would come to our room in the wee hours of the morning. instead of letting her get in our bed I would get up and take her back to bed. sometimes I had to stay with her till she fell asleep but that didnt last long...i think more than anything she just needed to see we were still there. a routine is really important and it makes things a lot easier for everyone. a warm bath with lavender (like the bedtime wash from Johnson and Johnson), pjs, hugs and kisses, being tucked in, reading a story or singing a song, more hugs and kisses....night light or flashlight....and if you can set a bedtime that helps. at first it may make him anxious becouse he knows bedtime is coming but after awhile the routine will give its own comfort and will get his body used to getting sleepy at the same time. good luck and God bless!

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