My 3 year old still wont sleep through the night and I have a 6 monthe ols so I feel like I'm never getting the chance to sleep! Any advice?

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Hi Jeannine! If you've ruled out health issues, you may just need to be firm. If she's calling for you, ignore her, if she comes to get you, just take her back to her room without talking to her. She will figure out pretty quickly - 3 or 4 nights - that she isn't going to get any attention so it's not worth getting up. The other thing to consider is does she have to pee? You could put her on the potty first and then right back to bed. If she's never slept through, you might just have to be firmer, although the process is not fun. If she is just starting to wake since the baby arrived, just spend a little extra one-on-one time with her during the day - not hours :), but an extry story hear, a little doll playing there, let her help with washing dishes or switching the laundry, etc...



As for your 6m old, have you tried letting him cry and does he have a good daytime routine? A good day routine usually leads to a good night routine of good sleeping.

Paulette - posted on 02/18/2009

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Wish I could offer advice, but my 15month old still doesn't sleep through, and needs a bottle in the middle of the night.  I've tried sleep training (letting him cry for longer and longer each night before giving a bottle), but for 3 nights in a row he cried for 2 hours before going back to sleep or before I gave in and offered a bottle.  So I can use some advice too.  You're not alone!  Does your 3 year old want you or does she want something to drink when she wakes?






Hi Lize,  Is he a really good eater? A little chunky guy? Then he may need to eat a meal or bottle near bedtime or at night make the bottle with mixed cereal and a fruit in it. It will stick with him and he can sleep better. Just a thought. Take care.

Paulette - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hi Jeannine, Does it seem like when he is awake for a feeding at night that she wakes up too? IF this is true then I am thinking it is jealousy, after all she has had you for little over 2 yrs to herself. My son was doing this with me when I had my daughter.  The other thoughts I was thinking about is...does she have frequent bad dreams or night terrors? Does she seem tired a lot?  I would ask her what is waking her up...does she hear something or you and the baby? How does her breathing feel at night? Is it waking her up? I would find out if her tonsils are big for her age/size. This could be waking her up and there is a condition called 'obstructive sleep apea.'  Now I am not saying she has this, what I am doing is giving you information to rule out any problem(s). If none of this is the issue then I would ask the doctor if you could give her something natural to help her sleep called melatonin and what doseage. I hope the information will help you. Take care.

Lize - posted on 02/18/2009

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Wish I could offer advice, but my 15month old still doesn't sleep through, and needs a bottle in the middle of the night.  I've tried sleep training (letting him cry for longer and longer each night before giving a bottle), but for 3 nights in a row he cried for 2 hours before going back to sleep or before I gave in and offered a bottle.  So I can use some advice too.  You're not alone!  Does your 3 year old want you or does she want something to drink when she wakes?

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