Sleeping problem

Petra - posted on 03/11/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hello! We have a problem with our one year old boy, he won´t go to sleep alone in his bed and during the night he wakes up several times. We have to sit next to his bed until he sleeps. When he wakes up in the night, he usually is standing in the bed screaming and the only thing we have to do is lay him down and then he immediately sleeps again. Can someone please tell us what we need to do to make him go to sleep on his own?
/Petra

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Bee Er - posted on 03/18/2009

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My daughter had the same problem when she started to crawl. At night she would woke up, rolled to her tummy, and her legs started to push. Then she would go back to sleep immediately like nothing had happened. A nurse home visitor told me that children are usually have sleeping problem when they are in the phrases of crawling and walking. As they practice hard during the day, at night they dream about themselves practicing the skills. SO, to solve the problem now, i try not to let her walk too much before going to bed.

Petra - posted on 03/18/2009

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Yes we have the radio on at night. I don´t think that ´s the problem but I can try to turn it off.
We use a night lamp in his room and we have a bedtime routine. First porridge, then brusching his teeth, then we change to pyjamas, then book and then to bed.
When I go to him at night I don´t talk to him or see him in the eyes. I just sit there until he is sleeping again.

Petra - posted on 03/18/2009

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My son is walking but this problem began when he was six months old. But it makes sense and you are not the only one that has said it. But last week he started to sleep only once a day and now he sleeps better at night. So we´ll see...

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It could be the start of a milestone or perhaps a fear.



You've mentioned the radio is on, is it perhaps now bothering him? Have you tried a white noise CD or perhaps soft lulling music?



Do you use a night light? We found with our son he needed a tiny bit of light at night to help him sleep.



If he is almost ready to do something new, like walking, crawling, cruising etc night time is a time when they like to practice. Sleep for children is a time when their brains will process the days learning - so watch for a new development in a week or so.



Lastly, do you have a solid bedtime routine like bottle, bath and book? Kids love routine and if you do the same thing every night it helps to form very strong cues that it's bedtime.



Make sure if you get up to him it is quick and you are boring - this will reiterate that it is sleep time and not play time. Make sure you have a nap routine too so he can tell the difference.



Good luck!

Cindi - posted on 03/17/2009

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One of my twins is sleeping poorly lately also.  Not wanting to go to sleep and then waking during the night.  Most of the time I let her try to figure it out on her own but if she fusses too long I check on her -- this usually makes it worse.



Sometimes i give her a bottle with a little milk -- i hate to do it but with two sometimes I just do what I have to do to get some sleep.  Not much help but I can sympathize.

Jennifer - posted on 03/17/2009

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My son is also going through the same thing rght now. His twin sister however would sleep through the night if he wouldn't wake her. I'm starting to wonder if it is a phase. I was reading up on it and one thing that got my attention is that when babies begin walking for some strange reason it disrups thier sleep. This would make sense to me seeing how he is almost walking on his own but his sister is barley standing. Is your son walking?

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Try one of those sound machines or put on some soft music. That helps my children fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. I find that if we don't keep the house calm at night my little ones won't go to sleep without me.

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