2 year old not sleeping!

Britany - posted on 06/01/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 year old who for some odd reason doesnt want to sleep during the day or really at night. it takes me 3 hours to get her to fall asleep UNLESS she is in my bed and I have to lay with her. I also have a 6 month old. so its kinda hard to lay with her every time she takes a nap. At night she is up and down running from her bed to mine. and i cant sleep well if she in the bed with me. my husband is a rough enough sleeper and we have a queen size bed. and anyone help me figure out what to do? im loosing it. my 6 month old sleeps better than she does.

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Cecilia - posted on 06/02/2013

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Can they be prevented? Usually no, but make sure she is watching her age group shows on tv. when she does wake up give her hugs and kisses. Go ahead and make some monster spray for her. (squirt bottle with something that smells good like perfume) if she gets scared she can spray it. Some at this age group like to over spray, if that's the case you can spray it for her when she gets scared.

Sometimes mine has pretty bad nightmares and on those nights i will allow her to climb in my bed to fall asleep. I then put her back in her bed. Most nights she will just need a hug and a kiss, a few cuddles and she is back out.

Britany - posted on 06/02/2013

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yes, if she plays quietly in her room falls asleep at the dinner table still. and she likes to lay down in my bed to take a nap. i have a baby monitor in both my girls room. i let my 6 month old go in her own room once she started sleeping all night. she sleeps soo much better! and maybe i should try that let her sit down and watch a movie but not let her get up and play. thanks! is there anyway i can keep her from having these nightmares?

Cecilia - posted on 06/02/2013

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It sounds like it might be nightmares. Sometimes during changes in their lives , such as a new sibling, they get insecure and have nightmares more often.

As far as naps go, if she plays quietly in her room does she still fall sleep during dinner? Maybe put a baby monitor in her room so you can hear her when she gets up to play. It's not for everyone, but I allow my 2 year old to nap on the couch. I also have a 9 month old who isn't very quiet about her nap time. Sometimes it is easier for everyone to let her sleep on the couch. (if nothing else she gets some relax time which does really help) This also means she can't get up and play since people are around. I don't know if it's possible for you but might be worth looking at.

Britany - posted on 06/02/2013

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we have a routine bed time. I HAVE to give her a nap during the day or she will fall asleep eating it never fails. No, she sleeps in her own room in her own bed. been that way since she as been 1. We moved about a year ago and ever since then its been hard to get her to go to sleep in her own room. I would think by now she would be used to sleeping in that room. she loves sponge bob. she has a night light of him. his face shines on her ceiling right below her bed. she has sponge bob bed sheets and a stuffed sponge bob she sleeps with. i even have a tv in her room and thats all she watches in her room is sponge bob. if i put her in her room to take a nap i catch her up playing with her toys. i have to put all her toys away and she still finds ways to keep her self up. and at night she will go to sleep in her room just fine. but she will wake me up screaming as loud as she can like something is hurting her. and i go check on her and she wants the tv on or she wants an excuse to stay up. she started doing this right after i had her sister. her sister is 6 months old now. i remember the 1st night she did it we stayed up from 3am till 6am and by that time my 6 month old was wanting to get up and eat. u can tell she is tried she has dark circles under her eyes and she is fussy all the time.

Cecilia - posted on 06/01/2013

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Do you have a bedtime routine set up? If not get one now. No heavy running or playing 2 hours before bedtime.

Sometimes 2 year olds don't need naps any more. So maybe try cutting that out of her day and she might pass out easier at night for you.

Is her bed in the same room as yours? If not would it help her if you moved it into there. Sometimes they just need the security of knowing you're there. I'm sure you would gladdly have her bed next to yours if you could sleep.

Other than that try to make her bed and sleeping space as fun as you can for her. My 2 year old recently decided she just didn't like her bed much any more also. So i got new bedding and made a canopy for the head of her bed. Then she was right back into it. (not to mention she got a fish tank right about then too, not only is he fun to watch but it has a built in night light and white noise)

that brings us to another point, white noise. Lovely thing, it even works on adults. you can buy a machine for it at walmart or bed bath and beyond. You can buy a stuffed animal with it in there , $20 at target. Or simple run a fan or anything that makes the same noise over and over, such as a fishtank filter.

Most kids don't fall right to sleep when you lay them down. So then they need some entertainment while they wait. Try to find a machine of your choosing to put images on the ceiling for her. spencers has stars but you can even find kid ones with pictures. I think they are called light mobiles but i'm not sure.

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