Well my son is 2 yrs old and he doesn't sleep through the night? What young do they sleep all night?

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yeah 2 yr olds should be sleeping through the night, they need sleep to grow well along w/ diet, yada.. and mommy needs sleep, set up a good nighttime routine, in bed by 730 or 8, he will prob scream, but get over it.. and he will still love you in the morning

Charquise - posted on 09/30/2009

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You actually want to start them on a schedule around four months old. I had the same problem with my son when he was one. He was still sleeping in the bed with me and not staying asleep all night. When my husband got back from overseas he told me that I had to put a stop to it. It took him two weeks to actually start sleeping all night. We put him down for bed in his room around 8 or 8:30 and when he woke up we didn't get him. We let him scream. That's the hard part but they will get over it. He did that for about two weeks and everynight that he screamed was less and less and less. So the best way I think is the F. Technique that most parents don't want to use but it works.

Andrea - posted on 09/30/2009

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Julie,

Two things. First, I'm so glad that you mentioned a fan. We have one in my daughters room and it has a timer. I like to let it run for about an hour and then shut off otherwise it will get too cold in her room. Second, I remember when my cousin (who is now 8) was born. I babysat him from when he was just a little guy and my aunt told me that if he wakes up and I go in there and make eye contact it's all over. I find it hard not to look into my daughter's eyes in the middle of the night but the times when I've avoided it she's gone right back to sleep!



Patty,



I never though of an alarm clock radio. What a great idea! I would love to do something like that for my little girl but we live in the middle of nowhere Arizona and get 4 radio stations.



Two very excellent points!

Cassie - posted on 09/30/2009

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Sleep is important! However, I keep hoping when they are older they will sleep and I just enjoy the memories (and stories). I think they do this so we have something to talk about later.

Patty - posted on 09/30/2009

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it really depends on the child is all I can say. I have 3 children & all 3 were different. My 3 yr old I've been finding that I've needed to shorten her nap during the day & make sure I play her real hard throughout the day in order for her to sleep throughout the night. If it's a rainy day, I let her bring her tricycle inside & let her ride it, we listen to music & dance, anything to get that energy out! And we're looking at a little girl that since she was born, napped a few 15 min naps thoughout the day, to taking 2 1 hr naps, to 1 2 hrs nap, now i've had to shorten it to 1 1/2 hr and not past 3 pm or she wont go to bed until 10pm. I hope this helps! I also have a litte alarm clock radio in her room that she listens to easy listening music on all thru the night.

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I agree with Andrea, make sure he has a bedtime routine and stick to it. You might also try a white noise machine or fan to create a soothing background noise that helps block outside noises. That way he won't be woken up by a passing car or dog barking.

Also, make sure when he does wake up that you do not pick him up or talk to him. Put him back down and try not to make eye contact. He will start to figure out he isn't going to get any attention and go to sleep.

Good luck!

Andrea - posted on 09/30/2009

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I think it just depends on the kid. My daughter started sleeping through the night when she was about 3 months old. Sometimes she wakes up when she is sick or if a really noisy car drives by. She usually eats dinner around 6 pm, has a bath, gets her jammies on, then has milk, or moi as she calls it, slighly before 8. Sometimes we read to her while she's drinking her milk or we'll read after we lay her in her bed. She's usually out within 10-15 minutes.



What kind of routine does your son have? Does he get enough exercise during the day? I stay at home so it's easy for me to chase my little girl around the house all day to tire her out.



Hopefully you can get him to sleep through the night. Best of luck to you!

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