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

Yasmina - posted on 12/28/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )




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!


Myra - posted on 12/28/2009




Depending on why he is waking would tell you the measure to take to get him back to sleep. My daughter usually has 2 or 3 reasons she'll wake up. First thing I do is check the diaper. Even if it isn't soaked, she will sometimes wake...and simply wants a dry bottom. So, a fresh diaper does it, and she's back asleep almost soon as she hits the bed. If it isn't a diaper she is wanting, the other thing she seems to wake from is being thirsty since the weather has turned cold and the heat runs.So, I'll fix her a half a bottle of milk and she pretty much hits the bed asleep because the need was met. The other reason she will wake is harder...either teeth or bad dreams wake her. Either way, she is screaming. Usually, what I do is hold her a few minutes to calm her initial crying, then fix a small milk and small snack while we read a book. Then she is tired enough to just fall back asleep.

I recommend, since you know his pattern, and crying it out doesn't work, going to check on him soon as you hear him. The less upset he gets, the more likely he'll go back to sleep once you've calmed what ails him. If it is possible, it may be a good idea to separate the siblings until your younger one is sleeping more closely to the same schedule as his brother. With my daughter, keeping her in her room has been a very important key in getting her back to sleep easily...the times when I take her out - even just to the kitchen to get milk - it seems to stimulate her and she wants to stay awake longer.

Hope that helped some...and if it didn't, I hope someone can share something that will. You all need your rest!

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