My 2 and a half yr old gets up multiple times in the night it's wearing me out any suggestions?

Karen - posted on 03/16/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My little boy gets up multiple times in the night sometimes as many as 5 times in one night. Sometimes he's crying and other times he's wide awake. He has a 2 hr nap in the day from 11-1pm and goes to bed between 6:30pm and 7pm at night. I have another baby on the way and I just can't be getting up to both of them anyone have any suggestions how I can get him sleeping through the night again?

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Cindy - posted on 10/31/2012

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I would try bedtime an hour later plus making sure he runs around a lot in the afternoon it could be a challenge I don't know the bet sleep training for toddlers most doctors address infants.

Let us know what happens.

Kandi - posted on 03/22/2011

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some of this may sound repetative, but...I am a monther of four children, my three youngest are 4, 2 and 5 months...try getting him up at 7 no later and start nap time at 10:30-11:30 do lunch when he gets up, then some sort of activity like ring around the rosey or dancing or outside time for a good solid hour..and definately a nice bedtime routine, we eat dinner at 530, baths at 6:10, teeth at 645, story then bed at 7...good luck!

Colleen - posted on 03/22/2011

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Move his bedtime an hour later and just keep working at it. Don't talk to him, give him no eye contact. Just pick him up and put him to bed. We've had to do the same with our 2 yr old.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/22/2011

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we have an almost 5 yr old and a 2 yr old. They sleep really well at night but I attribute it to the fact that we don't get up so they figure I'll just go back to bed.
Kids are very intelligent. They know exactly what they want and when they find a way to get it ..they stick to that method.
Tell him it is bed time...get back in bed we will see you in the morning. good night. ..then don't talk anymore the first night might be hard for him...but he will get the point

Fiona - posted on 03/22/2011

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Hey there, we were suffering from sleepless night with my son, (now 4). He would wake up every 2 hrs, you could almost set your clock by it. He was eventually diagnosed with childhood sleep apnea. He has since had is tonsils and adenoids removed and we now get a blissful 11hrs sleep every night. As Betsy says "Not saying your child has health issues but would be worth checking into" Take care and I hope your wee fellow sleeping again soon. xx

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Betsy - posted on 03/21/2011

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We had the same issue, I took my son to the doctor and they wanted to prescribe his a sleep aid. I said no way! We took him to a different doctor who specialized in toddler sleep, she found that our son couldn't sleep lying flat. He had to be proped up. After several tests and a stomach scope they figured out he had acid reflux. They gave us Liquid Zantac for him and now he sleeps through the night. It's amazing how heartburn can affect a small child. Not saying your child has health issues but would be worth checking into. Hope this helps

Kathleen - posted on 03/21/2011

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have non-stimulating items away, my son only wants to sleep when I am. Yours likes to check up on you. Must importantly, you keep him safe.

Rachel - posted on 03/20/2011

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Unless he is crying from a bad dream or something, I don't get up for my son. Sometimes I hear him in there going "Mommy, mommy." But I ignore it and he goes back to sleep. When it's bed time and he is doing that, we will just tell him to be quiet or say "Good night" again through the wall. I feel bad, but if nothing is wrong then he doesn't need me and needs to learn how to go back to sleep on his own. (And I have a newborn, so I am going through that.) Also, his room is dark- no night light- so I know he's not going to get up and start playing.

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I just cut down my daughters nap from 2x1 hour naps to just the one 1 hour nap. That and I have made her bed time 8pm. And I make sure that she runs. I should buy her a treadmill or something :/ Children this age go from average hyperactive to The Hulk level of hyperactive. Just always make sure that they are having enough activities during the day and food and fluids. Or something like that. Hopefully it will stop eventually because I hate having to get up a billion times a night too. Dx

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I just cut down my daughters nap from 2x1 hour naps to just the one 1 hour nap. That and I have made her bed time 8pm. And I make sure that she runs. I should buy her a treadmill or something :/ Children this age go from average hyperactive to The Hulk level of hyperactive. Just always make sure that they are having enough activities during the day and food and fluids. Or something like that. Hopefully it will stop eventually because I hate having to get up a billion times a night too. Dx

Lindsey - posted on 03/19/2011

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i have a 3 yr old boy and since he was 6 months old he wakes up 15 -20 times a night ,ive tried everything and it doesnt work ,he has even been prescribed phennergan as a sedative to aid his sleep,it worked for 3 days and that was it,ive done everything the health visitor has suggested and even done everything the sleep clinic has suggested but nothing has worked so i really know how you feel

Dora - posted on 03/17/2011

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Definitely don't cut out his nap time completely as at that age he may still need to nap. Make sure a few hours before bed time you don't give him anything with sugar. If it's nice out take him out to play cause fresh air does wonders. If you don't have a relaxing bedtime routine set up try to put one together such as a nice warm bath at night, story book time, and relaxing music. That might help him sleep through the night. Play around with different things until you find the right fit for your little one. Good luck.

Karen - posted on 03/16/2011

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I have just changed his nap time from 2 sleeps to 1 sleep so I think cutting it out completely might be too much just yet especially as he gets really tired in the day. Thanks for your suggestion :)

Tomeka - posted on 03/16/2011

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I'd be in your shoes, I'd get rid of the nap time or change the nap time, i have 2 boys-5&7- when my youngest was almost 3 yrs i got rid of the nap time, and he'd sleep great all night long, cuz he use to get up around 7 to 10 times in the same night. hope this helps. ;)

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