I don't know why, but my 16 month old still wakes up at least once every night... help?

Marina - posted on 03/25/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I'm pretty sure my daughter eats and drinks well all day but I don't know what it is. she wakes up around 5 am everyday. That's only if she wakes up once. sometimes she wakes up twice, crying for us.

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Dara - posted on 03/26/2010

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Marina, maybe she's just not expending enough energy throughout the day...I know they hardly sit still but maybe she needs to do more.

Marina - posted on 03/26/2010

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Thanks so much everyone! last night we put her to bed at 9pm and she slept till 8. But in the past few months she's been waking up at 2 am and 5 am. So hopefully that stops now. I'm still not sure what it is, because she only takes 1 nap from 1-3pm. I will deffinitely try to go out and get that book. Thanks again.

Dara - posted on 03/25/2010

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For sure take a look at the napping. My oldest turned two in January and shortly after turning 1 I had to change her twice daily naps to one nap after lunch/early afternoon. Do you go in to her when she is crying for you in the middle of the night? If you are going in there then she knows that crying for you is going to get you in there by her side. Also, not sure if you have what to expect the first and/or second year but one of them I think it's the second year has some things in there about night tremmors and nightmares. If you don't already have the what to expect book for the proper age you definitely should. I find there are a lot of helpful things in them. I don't go by them completely but it does give you ideas and jumping off points and sometimes you can follow what they say to the t. It also will have suggestions about how to switch her bedtime so you're aren't forced to get up with her at 5am.

Stephanie - posted on 03/25/2010

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My little one has been sleeping through the night since he was 4 months. For us Johnson & Johnson's lavender bath soap and lotion worked really well. We also found a soothing lullaby cd that is on non-stop. I usually bathe him around 7pm and rub him down with lotion. At 8pm he gets his bottle and cereal and we lay him down for bed. He usually doesn't wake up until 8am. You might need to let her cry it out. She probably knows that if she cries mom will come to the rescue.

Denese - posted on 03/25/2010

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Your daughter waking up early will actually be very beneficial very soon. Potty training and then in years to come to get ready for school. Baby usually keep a set schedule and she may or may not keep this schedule but I would take advantage of this time for potty training purposes. They need to wake up early and use the restroom and will usually go back to sleep after comforting and praise for a great job done. Its never to early to start and this will just help her along. I know this disrupts your sleep as well so i would suggest a comforting and ease her back into bed or have cartoon time that allows you two to cuddle time on the couch and some relaxation for you as well. :-) Hope this helps you some.

Paula - posted on 03/25/2010

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I don't want to disappoint you, but my eldest didn't sleep through the night till she was 4. My youngest, on the other hand, was brilliant. Sometimes it is just the way that particular child works - my eldest (now 12) still isn't as good at night as her sister. You may just have to live with it until she's ready to change.

Kristin - posted on 03/25/2010

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Definitely take a look at the total time she sleeps during the day. She may need fewer naps and/or a later bedtime to get her to sleep a bit later. Ask her doctor how much sleep she should be getting. It will be an average number of hours and you can try the lower end and adjust as needed.

As for the rest of the wakings, unless she is crying n pain or terror, feel free to ignore her. She will self-soothe and go back to sleep. Good luck.

Rindy - posted on 03/25/2010

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5 am seem like morning more than the middle of the night. I know it doesnt sound fun to be up that early but she may just have had enough sleep. Try adjusting her bedtime to a later time. With my daughter I started out says "she'll be in bed by 7-730" which i soon found out was a huge joke because she was ready to be up and going by 430 in the morning so we adjusted her schedule and eventually found a schedule that works for her. she gets a bath at 830 and is in bed to read book about 9. This way she sleeps until 7 so I can get some sleep too.

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