Anyone have a toddler over 2 that has problems falling back to sleep on their own?

Jennifer - posted on 02/06/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi there. My little girl used to be able to sleep pretty well before 2 yrs old, but I guess I've accidentally changed her sleeping habits. There was a about a week's time period when I would sit next to her bed and sing to her to make her fall asleep because she wasn't sleepy. She now wakes up a few times a night crying for mommy. The first time is usually about 2 hours after she goes to sleep. I usually let her just cry it out when she gets up the first time (I talk to her through the door). She doesn't usually cry for longer than 5 min.



She holds on to a soft old burp cloth when she is in bed. She still uses the Fisher Price's seahorse that glows and plays music too. I tried giving her a small teddy bear to hold also, but that doesn't help with soothing her.



If anyone that reads this has any advice please let me know, thank you.

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Jennifer - posted on 02/06/2012

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Thanks for your suggestion Belinda, she's 2 1/2. She just wants me to soothe her back to sleep, so I am very brief with visits to her room now if I go in there. I just try to calm her down when she's crying and I'm outside the door, so I probably will always say you're okay and night night.

Belinda - posted on 02/06/2012

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Jennifer, how old is your daughter? if she is a vocal little girl you could get an electric timer and attach it to a light set the light for whatever wake up time is. For a few days you will need to keep reminding her that she can't get out of bed until the light turns on - before bed, anytime she wakes up etc and then make a big deal about the light turning on and that it is time to get out of bed. ( there are also little moon/sun light alarms such as the goodnight light which work well if you want to spend the money)



I would also suggest saying less to she when you are outside, maybe occasionally a shhh or something. and then eventually, nothing. Be consistent and try not to give her anything to look forward to when she wakes up in the middle of the night :)

Jennifer - posted on 02/06/2012

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Hi Belinda. I talk to her when I bring her back (after she comes out of her room) to bed saying it's night night time and then after I leave the room I wait to see if she's going to get out of bed again. That's when I talk through the door telling her to get back in her bed and go to sleep because it's night night time. So, I only talk to her occasionally I guess through the night.

Sam - posted on 02/06/2012

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My 15 month old started a month ago waking up in the middle of the night and she has slept thru the night since she was a few weeks old. I realized that it correlated alot with how much she ate for dinner so I started giving her oatmeal an hour or two before bed if she didnt eat her dinner real well and she started sleeping thru the night again other than once in a blue moon I let her cry for 10 min if I know there is no reason for it, but she is always back to sleep within 5. But I dont talk to her thru the door or anything I just let her realize its still night time and she goes right back to sleep on her own. I hope this helps a little :)

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