Why doesnt my son sleep yet?

Sharmaine - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi! My son jst turned two last month and he hasnt been sleeping threw the whole night ever since he was born. Is this common? He gets up bout 3-4 times a nite and when the morning rolls around he jst sleeps. lol. He is off the bottle and on the cup but rarely uses it at night now. Can anyone suggest anything about this? I would like to get at least 8 straight hours of sleep now. :)

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Sharmaine - posted on 02/26/2010

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Hi Erin! Yes he does take a nap in the afternoon, but not everyday. I never let him nap in the evening bc i wouldnt want to be up late and him still wide awake lol. But ya he has a routine on days when he is extra tired he will jst say 'goodnite mommy' then go to bed himself, its soo cute! I am going to start waking him up early in the morning now, im hoping to see a change in this. Thanks Erin for your comment.

Erin - posted on 02/25/2010

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Does your son still nap during the day? If so maybe try and see if he doesn't take it maybe he'd sleep better at night. Every night my son has a bedtime routine It's dinner, his bath, story, then bed (usually around 7p.m.) he has always slept pretty good and very rarely wakes during the night. Also you said when the morning rolls around he sleeps maybe getting him up and not letting him sleep any later than 7-7:30 might help. good luck:)

Sharmaine - posted on 02/25/2010

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Thanks ladies all the suggestions!! They are all helpful, i tired doin what you ladies are doing and i seen a lil change lastnite!! i got 4 straight hours of sleep! lol. Went buy fast though. But im guna continue doin your suggestions and hopefully he will be sleeping through the nite. Amazingly he can put himself to bed haha its jst the sleeping through the nite he dnt get lol. Once again thank-you, this is my 1st time on here and i wasnt expecting anyone to comment.

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My daughter was very colicky and also still has trouble sleeping through the night. I also got in the habit of letting her come to bed with me so I could get some sleep but that was the wrong thing to do because she didn't want to go back to bed when I got fed up with getting kicked in the ribs all night! What I do now is put on a Barney DVD (I know, i shouldn't pacify her with tv, but it works!), tuck her in and give her her cup. I blow kisses and shut the door. she usually gets out of bed screaming knocking on the door two hours later, but often goes back to bed after about 10 minutes. If she doesn't, I go in and tuck her in again, give more night night love, and shut the door. usually the second time is the last time and she doesn't get up again until about 6 a.m. I know exactly how tired you are, I am going through the same thing, but hang in there and be persistant. Try letting him cry longer and longer each night until you finally don't go in at all. He will train himself to fall asleep without you. I hope this helps and good luck!

Charmaine - posted on 02/25/2010

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Hey Sharmaine,

My son Casey was a shocking sleeper and I took him to Tresillian at 8mths old, they taught me settling techniques and how to over come the getting up all the time. Casey now goes to bed at 8.30 regardless if he is tired or not and then he does not get up until between 6.30-8am. Tresillian have a hotline you can call (02) 9787 0855 or
Freecall 1800 637 357, which can be very helpful. They take kids upto the age of 4 and you stay there for 4 nights...I found it wonderful and have had excellant results.

I was more mummy retraining than baby....

Good Luck

Kay - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son is much the same as yours though he has good nights more often than bad ones now. I am always surprised when he does sleep through though. He will often wake once or twice in the night so when I go to him, I make as little noise as possible, try not to turn on any lights (a small dim night light is a good idea then you don't trip) and I try not to talk too much (maybe just soothing shushes or whispering words) all to avoid stimulating him further. Then, if he has sat himself up, I will lay him back down, maybe a sip of water if he needs it and leave the room straight away. You just have to be persistent and firm and try to make the wake ups as short as possible so he knows you are not going to stay with him in his room.

Pamela - posted on 02/22/2010

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yeah it might just be a case of wait and see sounds like your doing a good job but I don't envy you I love my sleep heheh. my son never kept his nappies on either so we toilet trained him it hard work but he would never keep them on he would take them off just before going to the wee or poo so I thought if he is going to pee on the floor we might as well go for it heheh

Sharmaine - posted on 02/22/2010

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Well the nurse i seen said that its normal and that her son didnt sleep thru the nite till he was 3. When he gets up i lay him back down and rub his back. He always tries to climb in the bed with us, i let him once and it was hard getting him bak in his bed. Im used to getting up every couple hours, but now i jst wana sleep lol. He is a very active boy i thot by the end of the day he would be tuckered out but nope! haha!! He is also in the stage of taking his pamper off everytime he pees lol. Well every time i take him to the doc they say he is perfectly normal so i guess im jst guna hafta wait till he finally sleeps!!! Soon i hope!! :D

Pamela - posted on 02/22/2010

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oh wow.. Im sorry I can't help both my boys are really good sleepers. What do you do when he gets up ??? from 12 weeks both my boys were sleeping through because I would not get them up between 10 pm - 6am I would make sure they were okay and pat them on the back to settle them if they were teething but not pick them up. I also did controlled crying with them. I would leave them 5 minutes then 10 then 15 and so on they never got to 10 minutes after about 7 or 8 they would stop and go to sleep. I suspect though this would bee alot harder with a strong willed 2 year old. Have you talked to your doctor?

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