What are ways to make your toddler sleep all night long?

Bianca - posted on 04/19/2015 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I have a 20 month old son who STILL gets up during the night to be fed, he acts as if he's hungrier during the night instead of during the day. He hardly ever slept through the night. Its only happen a maximum of 3 times. I feed him constantly during the day & even once more before he goes to bed. I don't understand what I am doing wrong.

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Bianca - posted on 04/21/2015

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I sure will Ms. Sarah E. I'm going to try it again tonight & hope for even better results.

Leigh-Ann - posted on 04/21/2015

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Hey.

I have a 20 month old doing exactly the same thing. I read an article the other day and thought I'd give it a try. It has totally worked for me.

When you put your wee one to bed, keep he routine as normal, however when it comes time for you to go to bed, go to your toddler and gently rouse him with a hug and a kiss and say that you're going night night too. It will apparently break his REM cycle and settle him back down into a peaceful sleep.

I've tried this 2 nights in a row and it has worked both nights. I don't put on any lights and keep my voice as quiet as possible.

It may or may not be successful for you, every child goes to the beat of their own drum! Something to think about though. Hope you find a solution soon. x

Bianca - posted on 04/20/2015

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Tonight I half & half everything. I'm trying hard as I can to get this sleeping all night a possible thing. It's very drainful having to go through this. I actually tried nursing him while he was an newborn but wouldn't latch on. I'm hoping this works.

Sarah - posted on 04/20/2015

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That is exactly why I wanted to clarify if you were nursing. He does not need to eat at night and it is really hard in his teeth. Unless you are brushing every time he drinks milk. Either start with straight water and let him decide if it is worth getting up or if he goes berserk, cut the milk fifty/fifty and then get more and more dilute. It is more habit than a need.

Dove - posted on 04/19/2015

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If he eats well during the day there is no reason he needs to eat at night. Nursing is a little different than a cup of milk. If he wakes up wanting his milk... give him water and tell him milk is a daytime drink.

Bianca - posted on 04/19/2015

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To be honest, he just got up. Its usually every 2 & a half hours he gets up hungry. I try to feed him very good before bed so he wouldn't get up at night for eating.

Bianca - posted on 04/19/2015

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No nursing at all . Once he gets cup of milk, tea, etc. He goes right back to sleep til it's time to get up again.

Dove - posted on 04/19/2015

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That was my son. He nursed 1-5 times/night almost every night until he was 2. I started gentle night weaning at a year and a half, but it took 6 months before he was ready. Start telling him that he's a big boy and doesn't need to eat again til the sun comes up... but be patient. How long it takes will depend on how stubborn he is and how much crying you are willing to endure (I wasn't interested in letting my son cry... at all... and I won't recommend the crying method).

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2015

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It's probably more just a habit. Are you nursing? If so, is he nursing to sleep or does he eat and go back to bed awake?

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2015

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It's probably more just a habit. Are you nursing? If so, is he nursing to sleep or does he eat and go back to bed awake?

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