Instead of going to sleep my 2-yr old screams and cries. Any ideas on how to help him go to sleep?

Miranda - posted on 01/24/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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We change his diaper, I hold him for a while and sing, then I will lay him down in the crib. When I'm holding him it seems like he will fall asleep on my shoulder, but as soon as I lay him down, he is standing up. As soon as I walk to the door he cries, then begins to scream. We've tried staying in the room with him, but he just moves around and will stay awake for over an hour! He will cry and scream for over an hour. Any thoughts?

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Andrea - posted on 01/27/2010

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Good luck to all of you dealing with this. I too have been struggling with a difficult sleeper. she is my forth child and I have not had any other child give me this much difficulty about going to sleep and staying asleep. I tried the cry it out method, and it didn't work (it did for my other children). All I can say is keep trying things, eventually, if nothing else It will get better as they get older. We finally have begun crossing into better sleep patterns. She is at least sleeping through the night now. But I am still having trouble getting her to fall asleep on her own. She is very stubborn, but I am learning that if I stand my ground things do slowly change. I walk and sing to her for 5 -10 minutes and then when I lay her down, she must stay in bed and stay down. I still stay beside her till she goes to sleep, I'm hoping to transition out of that to be able to lay her down and be able to leave the room before she's fully asleep, but one step at a time. It takes me about an hour or more right now from when I begin putting her to bed til she's asleep. I don't know if that helps, but at least you know you are not alone.

Gail - posted on 01/27/2010

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Meg, i'm thinking of using your technique. Just want to know, how many times a day & for how long do your children have naps in the daytime. My daughter is 2 & my son 9 months.

Kelly - posted on 01/26/2010

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Sadly you just have to let him cry, it may take awhile for him to get use to it but thats all you can do. My doctor had me do the same thign when my daughter was little since i had slept with her as an infant. It is so hard to hear your little one cry your name but just tough it out he will get the hang of going to bed on his own :)

Anita - posted on 01/26/2010

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My DD started doing this recently along with asking for juice and milk (even after it's given to her). I won't give her more than one cup of either and that's it. But our routine is for me to sing two lullabies and then it's time for sleep. I'll ask her if she wants me to sing to her and she says yes and then she goes down. It's starting to become a routine the whole cycle.

Meg - posted on 01/25/2010

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Boy do I have the answer for you...get the book "healthy sleeping habits happy child" it saved my life. My daughter Molly was up 4 to 6 times a night until she was 8 months old. I thought I was going to die. My friend told me to get this book.... basically children need sleep A LOT OF SLEEP and they need a parent not a gullable friend :) Basically your babies are tired and they've got your number :) They know if they cry you will come back and hold them longer... do their bedtime routine (dinner, bath, book, etc) whatever that is for you...then lay them in their crib and walk away. The first night is the hardest....the screaming may last hours but know this...it will end and each night it will be less and less. It took me 3 days... It is now 1.5 years later. Molly, now 2 goes to bed at 6pm every night and sleeps through the night until 8am. My son Joshua now 8 months old, goes to bed at 5pm, wakes once for a feeding (he nurses) and then sleeps until 7am. I swear this book saved my life...

Jaci - posted on 01/25/2010

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hey... i'm no expert and i'm certain y'all have tried all you know but my two yr old screamed and fought with us (me n the hubby) everytime until we started laying down with her and it would be a matter of minutes and she would be out for the night! i no it sounds like a death sentance waiting to happen of never having your own bed back or never sleeping in your own bed again but i broke her of the pacifier and off taking her juice with her to bed and got her used to listen to a story on cd at night... now three days after starting her in her own bed she's asleep in 10 min tops with me only sitting on the side of her bed and i just let the cd play till its over and she sleeps soundly all night... i think breaking smaller habbits first helped

Sabrina - posted on 01/24/2010

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We have the same problem also and we (me n my hubby) have been trying to deal with this in anyway we can, my boys are twins and they are 2yrs old and the thing is the older 1 seems to be doing that same thing to us and if you found "the cure" then please let me know, we need some much needed sleep, our sleeping patterns have become xtinct. thanx, ps. the younger twin is the opposite

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