Can't get my 14-month-old boy to go back to sleep on his own! Help!!

Yasmina - posted on 12/23/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Seif, my 14-month-old boy, now manages to fall asleep on his own. The problem, however, is that he wakes up between 4-5am every single night. He cries hysterically! As soon as I pick him up, too tired to stay up, I take him to my bed. He goes back to sleep instantly! It's like he cries every night at dawn so I take him to my bed. I tried staying with him near his crib till he sleeps again, and of course it doesn't work! Tried to let him cry himself back to sleep, but it still doesn't work. Also, he wakes the entire house up, especially his 4-year-old brother, who shares the room with him, and who goes to school, so needs his uninterrupted sleep! That why I took him to my room and is at fault for doing so in the first place:( how can I fix this problem? Plz help!

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Jennifer - posted on 12/24/2009

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My son who is now 22mo. did the same thing. He was up every two hours at night until he was 12mo. When he was 15mo. My parents took us to Disney World. I was so exhausted from the park, then getting up with him at least 2-3 times a night, that on about the fourth night I just looked at him and said "lay down it's not time to get up". I couldn't believe it. It actually worked! He laid down and went right back to sleep. If I would have only known that was all it would take! He still wakes occasionaly at night and I just go in and tell him to lay down and rub his back for 30secs and then leave.

I doubt that would work for everyone. hahaha, so my best advice is to start on a night other than when your son has school and just go in and make the baby lay down and rub his back for a few minutes. Don't talk to him and don't pick him up. It will take a couple nights. Don't expect a miracle like I got, but eventually he will get the idea that you aren't taking him to the bed with you anymore. Kids thrive off of routine and for him right now his routine is to wake up and get in the bed with you. Routines are hard to break, but once you do it will be well worth it.

Amythyst - posted on 12/23/2009

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I know how you feel, Lily is my 11 month old daughter and i can't get her to sleep by herself. Once she's asleep she'll let me put her in her crib but after an hour she's up and screaming again. And I'm so worried about her crawling off my bed that I stay up all night watching her. Right now we're experimenting with letting her sleep on a fouton on the floor. It's been 2 nights so far and it seems to be working. When she wakes up she can get up and play and then crawl back onto the bed herself when she wears herself out. Also I leave one of her dad's or my shirt on the bed and she likes to cuddle with it...Hope this works, for you and me. If anyone else has a suggestion I'd be happy to try!

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