Help!! My 2 year old son don't sleep!!

Denise - posted on 01/20/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi, I'm a mom of two I have a 9 year old daughter and a 2 year old son. My question is could anyone give me some advise on how to fix my sons sleeping habit. Let me start with once he finally goes to bed he will sleep until 12 or 1 in the afternoon before anyone is like oh my gosh why does she let him sleep that late I will tell you. We can't let my son go to bed anytime before midnight if we do he will wake up around 1 or 2 in the morning and think it's play time just like that was his nap but if we let him go to bed after midnight more towards 1am he will still wake up for a cup 4 or more times but go back to bed. When he gets up for the day we won't let him take a nap and if we do let him take a nap he will stay up until 3 or so in the morning. Please help a sleep deprived mom. Thanks

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Sarah - posted on 01/23/2015

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By allowing him to sleep to noon and not giving him a nap you have actually set his natural clock to do what he is doing. His body naturally feels like anything earlier than a bedtime of 12 am is a nap. What you need to do is change the routine. Up by 8 am nap at 1 or 2 pm and up by 3 to 3:30 pm and then down for bed by 8 pm. At first it is going to be an adjustment. His body has gotten use to the other schedule. It will feel like jet lag to him. Just like those that have jet lag it is due to their body getting use to a different schedule and it takes time to adjust it back. At first he maybe up more often or at time you don't want. You have to stick to your guns and enforce the new schedule or you will be on the older schedule indefinitely. For getting up to get a drink make sure it is not just to get up. A person goes through a natural cycle of sleep. Make sure he is not just going through that cycle of sleep and just getting up just because. What you can do is keep a cup of water (do only water so sugars are not left on the teeth) by his bed. If he is thirsty he can drink the water. If he is getting up to go to you then you know he is not thirsty and is getting up for other reasons.

The big thing is that you will have to stick to the new schedule. It is not going to be easy at first. You will probably get less sleep then you are now for awhile until he get used to the new schedule. Just like any habit created it takes time and not always pleasant when changing.

Jessica - posted on 01/22/2015

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We had a similar problem with our two year old. It's very hard to change sleeping routines. My little guy now sleeps through the night. We start the day by getting him up at 8. Then we only lay him down for one nap throughout the day at around 12-1. Then we wake him up and do not put him to bed until around 7-8 at night. He does get very cranky but I think cranky is good when he has been up for several hours because that means he wants to go to bed. We will make sure he has a full belly and a cup when going to bed. He has a night light and a radio. He will wake up once in awhile throughout the night either because he wants a cup or gets scared. This has worked for my two year old. I hope you find a solution soon!

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Geisingerfamily - posted on 01/31/2015

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I have a 2 and 4 year old and we have found great success in helping their sleep (and ours) by using our essential oils! They are amazing!! I feel for you though :(

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