Bad sleeper

Lindsay - posted on 02/17/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter turned 2 in December and still doesn't sleep through the night (98% of the time). She was always a very bad sleeper. It seems the only time she sleeps pretty well is when she's in bed with me. While I don't object to co-sleeping, I do have a 5 month old son who nurses, so he's in my room and he generally wakes her up when she is in my bed. We have tried everything we can think of to get her to go to sleep and stay in her bed. More recently instead of sitting in her bed crying for us, she just gets out of bed and comes into our room. Once she's put back in her room, the screaming begins. If it only happened once a night, we could live with it, but she's up 5-10 per night! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Jennifer - posted on 02/17/2009

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have you tried a bed time routine that begins an hour before bedtime...calm, quiet activites...bath, reading, rocking chair, soothing music, ect (that is consistant)? fortunately i have a awesome sleeper but the routine and same time bedtime each night(7:00) is what works for me. my daughter turned 2 last week and i let her turn on the radio, humidifier, and turn the light off (gets her excited about bedtime to have a part in it). sometimes, we crawl "like babies" down the hall to her room, she thinks this is hilarious to see me doing it too...so we have to find creative ways to get to her room. also, i have noticed on the days she doesn't eat well she doesn't sleep well...so make sure of full tummies :) you may just have to put her back in bed every time she gets up...no matter how many times, after a couple of days she'll realize that she has to stay in bed or else you're putting her back in bed. i might put her in bed without saying anything to her after the first couple time...just some ideas...good luck to you

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Try offering rewards for staying in bed all night. It took a little while to work for our 4-year-old, but once he realized he would get a new Star Wars figure in the morning he was happy! Of course we can't give him a toy forever.... But remember you don't want your children sleeping with you until they are 10!

Donielle - posted on 02/17/2009

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Lindsay I am right there with you. My 2 year old son has ALWAYS been a bad sleeper unless he's in our bed. He has been sleeping with my husband and I since he was born, otherwise I would never get any sleep! Recently, I started putting him in his bed to sleep and he will stay there until about 2 am. I know u are supposed to keep taking them back into their room but that gets crazy at night. I also have a 10 month old and I don't want to wake him with the 2 year old's high pitch scream. I must say I give in and put him in my bed, so much easier!! Only problem is, now my 10 month old sleeps in the bed too (at about 4 am he stands up and says "ma ma ma ma or dee dee dee" until I come and get him...lol!).  Maybe you can pump and let your husband feed the baby at night. That's what I did for my younger son and I just let my husband deal with the baby at night if he cried b/c my oldest only deals with me at night. See if your husband wouldn't mind taking the baby watch at night. Then take time with the 2 year old. I think u are doing all u can do. I decided to just give him more time. He sleeps a little longer now that we run outside for awhile. I don't know if I was much help...just wanted to let u know u are definitely not alone!!!

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