Do any of you have an 18 month old or older who still dont sleep through the night? Or when did your child start sleeping through the night? Please only answer if they were 18 months or older when they did. :)

Keri - posted on 12/18/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 18 month old wakes up anywhere from 1-5 times a night. I just lay her down, give her her paci and blanket and she goes back to sleep. Shes only slept through the night about 10 times ever. Ive read a lot of sleep books and the only thing I havent done is cry-it-out and taking away her pacifier, neither which I am willing to do right now. I know a LOT of toddlers are sleeping through the night by this age, but I also think quite a few are not! Im curious when yours (if older) finally started sleeping through or if you currently have an 18 month or older who does not and what do they and you do when they wake up? Thanks! :)

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Paula - posted on 12/19/2012

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My older daughter didn't sleep though the night till about 2.5. She slept in her crib for the first half of the night and then slept with us until she was 2 when we moved her to a regular bed. She would still climb in bed with us in the middle of the night (and we let her) for a couple months, then after that I started taking her back to her own bed. I was pregnant with our 2nd daughter so I told her there wasn't enough room in our bed (there wasn't!) because of all Mommy's pillows. I think it only took a couple weeks for her to start staying in her bed the whole night. She didn't have a pacifier though- she sucked on her fingers and had a blanket. Now, my younger daughter who is 18 months now is a whole different story!!

Gigi - posted on 12/19/2012

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I was very similar like you - read many books on sleeping, tried everything except cry-it-out. The thing with my daughter was that she had long periods, like months, when she slept through the night since she was few months old and then she would just stop - for whatever reason - maybe she got a cold, slept bad for few nights and after the cold passed she continued to sleep bad - waking up and not being able to fall asleep again for half an hour or longer. We would endure it for few days (read weeks) hoping she would revert and then apply one of the sleep methods. it would take weeks to get her back to sleep well and then few months later something else would happen (growing tooth, growth spur, holiday) and the whole thing would start again. besides these horrors, we also deal several times a week with wake-ups that are short and she falls asleep easy. She is now 3 years old and still ocassionaly wakes up in the middle of the night.
from what I have seen with my daughter, she reacts with different sleep pattern on anything that happens with her. And one issue would trun into another within days (like sickness into bad sleeping even when she becomes healthy) and sometimes it was difficult to deal with it.
We have same bedtime routine every day so that helped a lot. Also I noticed that if some issue would rise, it really helped that other parent would take over. For example -my husband always puts her to bed - he washes her, we put pyjamas in her room together, I kiss her good night and I leave and he will tell her bedime story and tuck her in. Then about 6 months ago she wanted him to stay in her room until she falls asleep - we just came from vacation, so we thought thats the reason - and he would stay. As days passed it took her longer and longer to fall asleep until it was 9:0PM when he would get down from her room. Then he went on a bussines trip for few days and I took over with same routine - bath, pyjamas, story, bed - but then I'd give her kiss and leave. She cried at the beginning, and every time she cried i would come up to her and comfort her and tell her good night and leave. After 1 day she stopped complaining and stared falling asleep fast and on her own.
Other thing I noticed is that of you casually talk to parents about their children's sleep vast majority will claim their kids sleep through the night and have slept like it for ages. But when you start asking more questions it turns out that little charlie is actually waking up every night or some other thing, but that the parents still consider him to "sleep through the night".
I do know it helps if whatever they use to get back to sleep is not depending on you - they should be able to get themselves back to sleep without you giving them pacifier or boob or whatever else. And thats the most difficult part to address when we are too tired to think and just want them to sleep.

Amy - posted on 12/18/2012

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I have a 6 1/2 year old that still wakes in the middle of the night, he has anxiety issues but most nights he just gets into bed with me. I don't do anything because when I wake up he's there. My 2 1/2 year old used to sleep through the night now she does the same thing her brother does only she's a little louder about it. Sometimes she wants me to sleep with her in her bed, I do it because I need my sleep and it really doesn't bother me.

Anisha - posted on 12/18/2012

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I have a 18 month old as well and she used to wake up 3-4 times during the night for a feed... I have worked out with doctors and targeted to stop her feeds during the night by giving her a bottle before she goes to bed and give water in a bottle when ever she wakes up ... and that worked for me...

My little one used to wake up still, she understood that she cant get milk by any means .... only water.... and then she started to sleep through continuously from past 1 week... but she is restless..... moves around the bed and we hardly have space to sleep (she still co-sleeps) but atleast sleeps through out the night...

Devon - posted on 12/18/2012

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My son is 3 1/2 & he still doesn't sleep thru the entire night....when he wakes up he'll come in my room. I take him back to his & tuck him in again. Then I rub his back for a minute, kiss him & let him know I'm in the other room. Sometimes he's up 2-3 times a night.

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