my 2 year old son still doesnt sleep through the night he can wake up as many as seven times a night. he has never slept through a full night and everytime he wakes up he is wanting a bottle. it is getting really tiring as im a single mum with a 3 year old daughter aswell can anyone suggest anything

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I would definately lose the bottle if that is what you are using. Would definately be a habit he has created and won't stop until the root of it is gone. My daughter is 4 and still at times does not sleep though the night. In her case, she was having night terrors, would not fully wake up, but would cry. Could not really get her to wake up fully cause she was in her REM sleep mode, she would look right at us and not know we were there. Pretty common, you can google it, but she did start like your son, so keep an eye out, could be he has this sleep disorder, no biggie, just have to work through it. If it is JUST wanting the bottle, he has learned to use it like a pacifier and wakes to have it. If their is not bottle to wake up to........he will stop waking.

User - posted on 06/22/2010

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i had the same problem, you really have to throw the bottle away let them see it go to the garage truck wave goodbye, explain it has gone and there is no more. He is only waking as it is a habit he has learned and its his only way of putting himself back to sleep. Goodluck!

Michelle - posted on 01/21/2009

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My son is 4 and even though he sleeps through the night he dosn't sleep by himself.  He has always slept with me.  Someone gave me a good suggestion to help get him in his bed. 



They said lay in his bed with him, which is in my room for the time being, then when he falls asleep go to your bed.  If he wakes up go back to his bed and let him fall asleep again.  Until he get's comfortable in his bed.  Then move his bed back to his room and do the same routine until he is comfortable enough to sleep by himself.



Just a suggestion. Hope this helps.

Laura - posted on 01/21/2009

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 My pediatrician told us when our daughter was 6 months old that she didn't need any feedings during the night. I imagine that your son is waking up for the comfort and out of sheer habit.  Try sleeping in his room next to his bed/crib. When he wakes up don't engage him in any conversation, just rub his back, give him a kiss, and lay back down. This may take a few nights, but he should then understand that he needs to go back to bed.  Sounds like he just likes to check to see if you are still in the house.  We had to let our daughter cry it out at 6 months...it broke my heart, but within 3 days she was sleeping 12 hours straight. Since your son  is older,  sleeping in his room only for a few days may help. Good luck!

Deborah - posted on 01/21/2009

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Maybe you should just bring him to bed with you on the nights he wakes up.  Start him in his own bed.  Explain to him that he has to sleep or lay very quite or he'll have  to go back to his room.  If you aren't sleeping soundly then move him back after he is asleep.  We also provided the sippy cup of water as Angela suggested.  It work for us.  The night became fewer and fewer.

Deanna - posted on 01/21/2009

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I had the same problem with my son. I started only allowing him to have water in his bottle after his final going to sleep bottle. I think that he kept anticipating having more milk and would wake up to drink it. He didn't like the water as much, so after a couple of nights of just getting water whenever he woke up he started sleeping through the night.

Missy - posted on 01/21/2009

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sounds like he is soothing himself to sleep with his bottle.  my son did the same thing, although he was a bit younger. I found a book called 'good night sleep tight' by the sleep lady. it saved my life and gave alternatives to letting him cry it out. there was definately crying, but in 2 week we both were sleeping like babies!

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2009

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i have tried that but i ended up giving in to him when i was too tired and he looked heartbroken

Suzanne - posted on 01/21/2009

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I really feel for you. My daughter was great at sleeping through the night most of the time. I would put her down with a bottle and with her pacifier and more often than not she would sleep throughout the night. There were two periods where they weren't enough - the first time I would rock her to sleep, but I soon got over that. When she was a little older and couldn't sleep I would let her sleep with me. Being a single mum myself this was never a problem. I would put her down to bed with her bottle and passy and when I was ready for bed I would join her. She liked knowing I was close by and slept solidly. We're now past that and at 4 1/2 has no problem sleeping in her own bed and no longer uses a bottle or a pacifier to sleep with and she sleeps straight through the night as well.

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2009

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thankyou for replying. i have tried that but he still wakes up and doesnt go back to sleep sometimes he can be wide awake for hours in the middle of the night

Rae - posted on 01/21/2009

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I personally think as hard as it is, you need to let him cry it out for a couple of nights!

Courtney - posted on 01/21/2009

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Have you tried just letting him cry it out? It can sound harsh but the sooner you teach him to sooth himself the happier you will all be. you might have a first few nights bad but if he is already waking up that many times a night you will still end up happier in the end.

User - posted on 01/21/2009

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When my son was two I gave him a sippy cup with water to take to bed with him. That way when he woke up the cup was already there for him and he would take a sip and go right back to sleep!

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