Help! 25 month-old not sleeping through the night!

Elizabeth - posted on 11/05/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )




This has been going on for over 2 months now. I'm tired! It began with my son climbing out of his crib with his sleep-sack on. So we converted to the toddler bed, he began to sleep longer stretches then allergies came up, a cold, a sinus infection, teething, ear-drum ruptured...finally he's been healthy for the past couple of weeks. We are still breast-feeding, I was beginning to wean but have used it for comfort. Now I think we have a bad habit going and not sure how to end it. We are back down to 3 feedings during the day and then whenever he gets up at night. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


Minnie - posted on 11/05/2010




The first few years can be tiring trying to get enough sleep for everyone. When a child is capable of putting himself to sleep without parental help is typically a developmental thing. Wakings can be due to immaturity, growth spurts, developmental milestones, illness, disturbances in typical routine or family life, etc. While some babies 'sleep through' (no one actually 'sleeps through') from birth, others do not until three or four years old. Others do initially and then stop later on.

Nursing to sleep is not a bad habit- but if you are unhappy with how things are you can work to make some changes to make things easier. Many mothers find Elizabeth Pantley's The No Cry Sleep Solution helpful- she has a book dedicated to toddlers.

Other families use a full-size bed to nurse the toddler to sleep in. Then the mother can leave to go sleep in her own bed, or if she happens to fall asleep while nursing, she gets more sleep. Some have the father take night-time duties to comfort the toddler.


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