My 4y/o is getting up all hrs. of the night. Been doing it since he was born? Any advice is helpful:

Sabrina - posted on 07/16/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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When he was younger it was understandable. But now, he's 4 and I know it can be nightmares. He has a few nights where he sleeps thru. Then he starts again getting up 1-4 times a night. It's almost a cycle. Has any one had this happen? I really appreciate the help:)

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Maggie - posted on 07/22/2009

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i completely agree with that. maybe you should talk to them about sitters. they may have an answer for you.

User - posted on 07/18/2009

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What is he scared of? Does he know?

If he's scared of "monsters" - I've heard a making "Monster repellent" - which is just a mixture of water and a small amount of lavender extract in a small squirt bottle which the child can use whenever they want (and the lavender helps relax them).

Do you have music playing in his room? Our daughter has a cd on random repeat all night long.

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Jodie - posted on 07/28/2009

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Yes my four old does it to. I started putting sleeping bag on the floor in our room. If she gets scared she is to come lay on the floor and not wake mommy and daddy up. It works some nights others she just wants to be near someone. She gets lonely alot. I guess the best thing is this too shall pass. I try to enjoy it knowing someday she well not want me. It is hard when u lose sleep thou.

Sabrina - posted on 07/22/2009

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Thank you so much....I have friends locally, but we don't get together as much as we like....so it's nice to have this site where I know that I'm not the only one:)

Maggie - posted on 07/21/2009

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i'm sure it is. just remember we're all hear to help when you need it. it's nice to have this site where we mom's can talk to other mom's from around the world.

Sabrina - posted on 07/20/2009

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I love the idea of the monster repellent...I did that with my older one...It's been so long since I did that I sort of forgot bout that one...I put large particle glitter in the water, but i like the lavender oil in it also....I think I'm gonna move our family pic so he can see it.....thanks for that Vicki...
Thank you too Maggie....Last night was a good night...he got up at 5:30am, then went back to bed til 7:30am.....I've been talking to him every night that he's safe and we are all here and he has his night light.....I'm just gonna keep plugging along:)

User - posted on 07/20/2009

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You might also want to put a picture of you and daddy beside his bed where he can see you whenever he gets scared. If he just needs reassurance, get a recordable picture frame and record yourself telling him that you love him very much.

Maggie - posted on 07/20/2009

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My daughter is only 2 but she started doing that. I talked to my doctor about it, and she said that it is tough love time. Make sure that your son has a snack and milk about an hour before bed, read books, etc. You know what your child's cries mean and if it seems like he is in distress, then by all means go in and comfort him. However, in my experiance, they need to be left alone to cry a little while and easy themselves back to sleep.

Talk to him and let him tell you what is wrong. Go in, check for monsters in the closet, calm him down, and everyday make going in less and less. He'll be ok. I hope that you get a full night sleep soon. Good Luck!

Sabrina - posted on 07/18/2009

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Thanks for the reply.....Most of the time he says he's scared...but he's in the closet...I reassure him it's ok...i also remind him that he has his glow worm & his lovey...give him a kiss then he's back in bed for between 2-4 hours????? I'm not sure if he may think that if he goes to sleep that i won't be there in the am......I know that this may be a phase, but i've run out of things to do and really need lots of suggestions....thank you so very much...I'll ask more about that:)

User - posted on 07/17/2009

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Have you asked him why he's getting up? I mean - he's four - so he can tell you "I had a scary dream," "I want a drink," "I have to pee," etc.

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