16 month old waking at night (restless sleeper), for the last 2 months now, Need HELP please???

Melony - posted on 07/08/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My little girl is 16 months old and has always been a good sleeper, from about 2 months ago she started waking anything from 3-6 times a night crying. She is not sick, has no ear infections and is overall a very healthy and happy little girl. We had no change in our lives or at school, I DESPERATLY NEED SOME SLEEP, any advice would b greatly appreciated?? Thank you?

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Leah - posted on 10/21/2012

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Try some weighted activities about 45 minutes before bed. Anything with pushing, pulling, carrying heavy objects ect. I used to have a restless sleeper!! (she has some very mild sensory issues) but this is what I did with her before bed and it works! Make it a game! Have her carry water bottles back and forth into baskets. Fill up a barbie car or small wagon with something heavy and have her pull it around the house. Fill up a tote with something heavy and have her push it down the hall. You can google weighted activities for more ideas. It might work!! Good luck!!!!!

Jade - posted on 07/11/2009

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my youngest son is 2 and 2 months and has always been a terrible sleeper.he still wakes me every night about 3 times and is healthy.i've tried everything.pain relief,raising his mattress at the head end,making sure he is warm enough,cuddles,soft music,reassurance,being in a room alone at night,in a room with his sibblings,in our room on the floor,in our bed,rocking him,giving him his comfort things which is a cloth nappy and a dummy,i tried giving him back his bottle of warm milk,routine before bed,cutting out his day sleep.the list is endless....the health nurse reckons it's night terrors and if i'm exhausted i get up the first couple of times and after i ignore him.i hope he grows out of this but for now i try to go to bed as early as i can and put my feet up when i can throughout the day.with two other kids to care for my day starts around 6 am regardless of how much sleep i got.

Nicola - posted on 07/10/2009

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aww i know how you feel tired is my middle name at the min i have found half a spoon of medistead is really good for teething and illnesses give it a go hun just before you'r child goes to bed once aday thowe you dont want to give your little 1 to much aww good luck hun and let me know how you get on :) x

Lynlee - posted on 07/09/2009

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I would suspect teething, especially as she is waking so many times - probably just sore teeth - try Pamol given before bed and then when she wakes and see if there is a difference.

Kim - posted on 07/08/2009

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Do you think she might be teething? Have you tried pamol or baby nurofen or herbal remedies?

My daughter has been doing the same for thing actually and she is 2! But on and off she has been teething. I know how you feel when you are sleep deprived!

Kim

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Melony - posted on 07/14/2009

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Thank you sooooo much girls, wow I really have my work cut out for me hehehehe gonna try and figure out with a list of things that I wrote down from all of your tips, thanx again :-))

Miangelbug - posted on 07/12/2009

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My son just had a few weeks of that about a month ago. He is also (just turning) 16 months old. His thing was a few things: 1.) starting to teeth again 2.) wasn't drinking enough during the day and wanted something to drink (we will in El Paso, TX) 3.) was soaking his bed, outfit, diaper because he peed SO much at night (this making me realize that size 5 diapers are too small for his longer torso-poor guy) 4.) that he heard cars (he is on the side of the house next to the street and although on a back road, some people come home late at night with loud mufflers-which we couldn't hear from the other side of the house) *So just check her surroundings. Is there neighborhood noises at night? Is she teething? Could she actually be thirsty? Is she wet? too cold? too hot? or even something as simple as her pjs feeling too tight on her. (my son hates being confined to his sleeper so most the time he is just in a t-shirt and his diaper or maybe some comfy sweat pants or shorts). Just go through the checklist at night and you should figure it out eventually. Until then, if you can, nap when she naps so that you catch some extra zzzzs. The house can wait.

Kirstin - posted on 07/10/2009

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Could be night terrors, my son went thru this. Woke screaming for no reason. You need patience and perserverance. I got so tired and worn out from the waking i eventually got tuff and every time he woke id go in cuddle and kiss then leave him to cry

didnt take long for him to realise i was still there but wasnt gonna make a big deal of it, good luck.

My son also wakes when he is cold, even thogh there a ton of blankets on him, and i gave him a hot water bottle which has worked wonders.

Leilanie - posted on 07/10/2009

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does she go to daycare? If she does do you think she might be getting too much sleep there? Or the crib might not be comfortable enough. My youngest daughter (9 months) hated sleeping in the crib because the matress was too firm. But my oldest didn't have a problem. When i put my youngest to seelp in the playpen, with a more comfy blanket on the bottom she would sleep through the night.

Chenoa - posted on 07/08/2009

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Maybe it is a food that is giving her a tummy ache. If not. I sometimes will give my daughter a small amount of sleepy time tea before bed. It is all natrual and just herbs. You can mix it with juice and they drink it just fine. Hopefully it is just a phase. growing pains? Best of luck!

Samantha - posted on 07/08/2009

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I would try keeping her up a little later at night. My daughter woke up alot so i tried keeping her up an extra hour. Sometimes you just gotta wear them out.

Dianne - posted on 07/08/2009

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I had the same thing happen to me - my boy is also 16 months. I put it down to night seperation. I bought a night light which changes colours which he absolutely loves. It has a automatic timer which switches off after 45 minutes. He wakes up only once or twice and seems to go back to sleep once the light is switched on. Sometimes I just put him in my bed when I'm too exhausted to bother and there is sleeps soundly - they only small for so short a time - so its okay to spoil them now and again...:)

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