I have a 2 year old girl and she has never slept through the night, she wakes about 4 to 6 times

Chantelle - posted on 02/17/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 year old girl that has never slept through the night she wakes about 4 to 6 times a night wanting milk each bottle carries 8 ounces i know this is to much but she will not sleep without it she has a large diet during the day and always eats, so there sould be no reason to need so much milk at night, iv tryed taking it away and i did that for weeks and nothing changed but me not sleeping, iv tryed feeding her right befor bed so she isnt hungry and that doesnt work does anyone have any other sugestions im now 4 months pregnant with my second child cand cant emagine what it would be like to be up all night with 2 kids that cant sleep plz thanx

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Mandy - posted on 02/17/2010

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try givin her a sippy cup on a nightstand by her bed with some water in it, and a couple crackers on a saucer by it, that way if she wakes up thirsty, or hungry for a bite they are right there-and see if that helps any.

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Kathy - posted on 02/17/2010

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You are welcome Chantelle, it is really hard, but being exhausted is even harder when preggers. I just figured if I was gonna be up all night with her then I would make it worth while and a true all nighter. I had a good book to read and a movie picked out for when I'd need to ignore her during the 15 and 30 minute increments and although it was hard physically and emotionally it was worth it in the end for everyone in the household. It was wonderful seeing a happy go lucky well rested Kylie running around the house all day and then a tired girl sleep all night long without waking for her water cup :) Good luck, I know exactly what you are going thru:(

Chantelle - posted on 02/17/2010

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havent thought to ask no but i sure will it doesnt run in the family but u never know thanks a bunch :)

Chantelle - posted on 02/17/2010

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thanks that sounds like a good plan lol just wish i could have done it when i wasnt pregnant lol will be difficult but sounds like it might work thanks :)

Kathy - posted on 02/17/2010

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I forgot to ask if you've consulted her pediatrician, sometimes excessive thirst is the first indicator of diabetes. Our ped ran a test on Kylie to make sure this wasn't the problem because she would drink so much all the time.

Kathy - posted on 02/17/2010

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You are NOT going to like what I have to say, but my daughter did something similar. I was wiped out just from the fact that I was getting up so many times to get her more water or change a sopping wet pullup, etc. I was also pregnant and wiped out just from that alone. So, since I was already overwhelmingly exhausted I found a method in a book (can't remember the name of it, sorry) but the gist was that you take away that "thing" that keeps getting them up, her bottle whereas it was my daughters water cup, and you tell her that she's a big girl now and she can't have those things at night because they are not healthy for her (which is VERY true-she is going to have horribly decayed teeth if she keeps up the 4 bottles of milk per night routine and she is NOT getting the rest she needs either). When she gets up on night 1 asking for her bottle you tell her that she is a big girl and needs to go back to sleep but she can't have a bottle (Kylie liked me to read her a short story and that is ok) and the next time she wakes on night 1 you wait for 10 minutes before going into her and simply say "You are a big girl and it's bedtime, go to sleep" no story no further explanation. Walk out of the room, if she continues to cry wait about 30 mins and go in to reassure her that she is ok and YOU ARE THERE FOR HER, then tuck her in and leave the room again. She will scream and cry and kick and it will be a hellified 2 weeks or so. But it works. Every friend of mine that has had a problem like this with a toddler has told me it was hell but it worked and the child was much happier and functioned much better during the day because they were FINALLY sleeping thru the night and getting the rest thier little body needs. I hope she will start sleeping better for you Chantelle!!! Good luck:)

Chantelle - posted on 02/17/2010

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i will try that but im afriad that she will drink the sippy cup and want more like she wakes 5 times and drinks five 8 ounce bottles never seems to be enough uggg maybey the crackers would help though id never thought of that tnks

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