I have a two and a half year old son who to this day does not sleep through the night- any advice?

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Amanda - posted on 06/12/2009

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How much is he sleeping throught he day? Any naps? My son, now three, was just not sleeping through the night. At my wits end I asked the pediatrician for advise. She told me to take away his nap completely. But if this is not the case for you and he is not napping throught he day it is possible that maybe he needs a small nap in the afternoon (nothing past 3) for 30 mins-1hr. Sometimes children get so pumped on adrinaline, and past the point of sleep because they are actually not getting enough sleep and are overly tired (as was the case of my now 5yr old). So what what he is doing and every child is different. So if he naps already maybe cutting the nap will do the trick and if he doesnt nap adding the nap might help. Also try to be consistant with evening rutines. and put him to bed at approx the same time every night. And no sugar (includes kool aid, juice, anything choc, or fruit) two to three hours befor bed. And when it's time for bed dont just expect him to "jump right in" when you say lets go to bed. You have to "set the mood" so to speak. Dim the lights, quiet the house, read a book and speek calmly. A game of tickle will not do right before bed!lol Hopefully this helps! I have had ten years of successful sleepers!

Eleanor - posted on 06/12/2009

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oh thats great, glad u got it sorted, it must be a relief to get a decent nights sleep for yourself to x

Natalie - posted on 06/12/2009

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Even though I had a bedtime for my son and would try to tire him out during the day he would still wake during the night until I gave him a piece of my clothing with my smell on it and he slept right through the night after that I bought a satin material cut off slept with it then gave it to him the next night and again he slept through

Eleanor - posted on 06/12/2009

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kids thrive on routine, and activity, as others have said where your little guy out dont give sweets or fizzy drinks before bed, my son goes to bed about 7.30 and he is 3 nearly 4 now, he was 1 and a half before he started sleeping through, some children just seem to have more energy thn others to, i hope usort it out

Toni - posted on 06/11/2009

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My only advice it maybe tire him out by running around outside or going to the park. No sweets before bed which includes sugary drinks and try to make a regular bed time schdule. My daughter is 2 and she has a bed time of 8:30 pm and when its bedtime she goes striaght to sleep and dosnt wake till around 7am. When we dont have time to go to the park (cause I work full time) I just turn on some music and dance around with her. That really tires her out. anything to keep them active really.

Jessica - posted on 06/11/2009

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thanks- i think that the schedule thing is the problem. I dont have a set schedule! But I have noticed that whenever we take him outside in the late afternoon to play he sleeps better! Thankyou for the tips- i will be trying them tonight!

Candace - posted on 06/11/2009

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I agree with the schedule thing. Also lots and lots of exercise during the day. My oldest daughter was like that at that age also. I started taking her to the playground in the evening before supper(i guess around 4 o'clock and then letting her play for a good hour or two and then come home and give her a bath and make her supper and bed time. I was so amazed at how just a little extra playtime knocked her out for the night. I also had to make sure most of the lights were dimmed throughout the house before we took her to bed cause she always thought she was gonna miss something by going to bed,lol. She still wants to stay up but she knows better now. Shes 9 going on 16,lol.

Coury - posted on 06/11/2009

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i know with my kids it is all about schedule. i can only tell you what works for me. first find out an average amount of time that your child sleeps. next pick a time for them to go to bed every single night. for me i set an alarm the "night night" bell at 8 pm my kids now know it is time to pick up all toys and brush teeth. at 8:15 the alarm goes off agian they now know it is time to head to bed i will read them a story turn the lights out and sing them a song each individually. by 8:30 they are asleep or at least being quiet. now here lately my son has been waking up because he is scared and whatnot so i tell him everything is ok make sure there is nothing scary in the room and tell him to go back to sleep sometimes staying with him for a bit. all you can do is try and to be as consistant as possible! good luck mama!

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