what can help my 3 year old sleep through the night?
Rebekah - posted on 08/05/2010
My son also has a tendency for sleep issues. He is now four, but we seem to go through periods where his sleep is disrupted for several weeks, and then we'll go for a long stretch where its peaceful most all the time. I don't have an official explanation, but I wondered if his sleep was affected while going through some kind of growth spurt or other developmental changes?
Anyway, I also did make a connection between his allergy medicine and his sleep (made him more prone for nightmares), so I don't know if that applies to your situation at all. The only other thing I'd mention is that sleep issues can sometimes be helped by keeping a routine...consistent sleep schedule and a fairly consistent daytime routine. Is she still taking a nap? If so, maybe its playing a factor here. Also keep an eye out for any stress that she might be under that could be alleviated.
Otherwise, I like Kristin's approach of encouraging the kids to soothe themselves back to sleep. We may not be able to prevent the issues from happening, but we can encourage them to cope with it as best they can. I've had many drowsy trips to my son's room, and I'd love it if he'd just roll over and go back to sleep on his own. Luckily it isn't hard to get him back to sleep...he actually likes to go to sleep with a CD of lullabyes, so I just turn that on and off he goes. Maybe if your daughter likes that kind of thing, there could be something musical she could turn on herself to get her back to sleep.
Hope it resolves soon!!
Kristin - posted on 08/04/2010
I started a chart with my son and he thinks it is great when he gets a star for staying in his bed and a smile for going to sleep by himself. (he was 4) Give small rewards for filling the chart 1 or 2 nights then slowly move to 5 to 7 days in a row. Let your child know "ok you did 2 days lets try for 4 before you get a prize." I have another older child who has a very difficult time sleeping and has always had a sleeping problem. She wanted a pillow pet and said it would help her and it has. Good luck--sleeping issues are very tiring!
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