Bad sleeper!!!

Nichole - posted on 01/26/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I am so frustrated!! My son has been a terrible sleeper since day 1. My son is 17 months old and is still not sleeping thru the night, most nights! I am exahusted and so is he. At most he will only sleep betwen 8-10 hours at night and usually 1 nap for about 1-2 hours tops. I don't know what to do anymore. We have a really good routine down but it changes here and there with his terrible sleeping. Does anyone else have this problem? I would also love some help, if anyone has any suggestions. I just feel so alone. I hate it because everyone always tells me that their child slept thru the night at 1 month or something rediculous. Having such a bad sleeper makes me never want another child.

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Jamie - posted on 01/29/2009

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My 17 month old also has not slept through the night EVER! She was awake all night the very first night in the hospital and has not slept well since then. She also takes one nap a day for about 1.5 hours or 2 hours on a good day. I recently put a pillow in her crib since she was used to the one in our bed and that seemed to help some (not sure how safe it is but she does fine with it). We also started giving her a snack very close to bed time which bought us another hour or two of sleep from her.

If it helps any, my other child is a fantastic sleeper so having another child does not necessarily mean he/she will be a bad sleeper.

Good Luck!

Amanda - posted on 01/29/2009

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I am also in the same predicament. my daughter will be 18 months in a few days, and she used to sleep thru the night, but since May of 08 when I went out for the first time and left her home (with her DAD, not a stranger) it all went down hill. She has not since then slept in her bed, and most of the time thru the night. I have had to sleep on the couch while she sleeps on the floor in the living room. I hate to steal off your post, but I am hoping to get some help too, seems like Loretta needs some too! I have tried being consistent like all the other posts say, we have a routine and normally dont go against it. Its just really hard and frustruating, and I feel your pain. I wish I had some advice to give. Good luck and I hope we all 3 get some much needed assistance.

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Oh my goodness I feel for you. We went through that with my now four year old.  I tried Babywise and my son "cried it out" until he threw up.  I just didn't find the program helpful at all.  What really worked for us was Heathy Sleep Habits for a Happy Child.  My pediatrician recommended it.  We also used some of the advice from Happiest Baby on the Block.  We use a white noise machine.  Works really well.  We also checked in with a family therapist who gave us good advice for the last bit of the work we needed to do to help him through this.  He was finally sleeping through the night at age 2.  We've used both books on our 18 month old.  He sleeps 8 hours all nights unless he's sick.  He often sleeps 10 hours.  Good luck!

Katie - posted on 01/28/2009

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My daugther is the same age and sleeps through the night. I used the book On Becoming Babywise. It focuses on sleep/nap training and it wonderful. I loved it and it worked well for her. They even talk about starting it on an older child instead of from infancy. I have also heard some good stuff about Healthy sleep habits Happy Child. I think thats what its called. I swear on Babywise though and its very easy to read and you don't have to do everything they suggest but just what ou think will help. They do believe in Cry it out so if you don't like that then you might not agree with the book. But just read it and see what you think. :)

Elizabeth - posted on 01/27/2009

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You are definitely not alone . . . my son is 17 months also, and has slept thru the night but only here and there.  I'm starting to wonder if he ever will.  We have tried cio but he will cry forever and I can't stand listening to him cry, so he ends up most nights in bed with me.  Thankfully he doesn't stay awake, but he makes just enough noise to wake me up on and off thru the night.  I wish I had some suggestions for you . . . it'll be interesting to see if what tips you get.  My girls both sttn by 6 months at the latest, so never in a million years did I think I'd have a 17 month old who wasn't sttn.

Loretta - posted on 01/27/2009

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hiya,,, sorry I've no advice for you but just letting you know you are not alone.  My daughter is 18mths now and has yet to sleep through (with the exception of about 4 nights since she was born).  Thankfully its doesn't take too long to settle her back again - I give her a bottle and then leave her.  But its still knackering me out... I'm working too so I have to get up in the morn at 7am even in the little monster is still asleep.



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