My 23 month old wakes up numerous times through out the night

Tiera - posted on 08/16/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




Help! My 23 month old is waking up in the middle of the night every night! Sometimes it is just once, and others it is 2 or 3 times. But I have not had a solid nights sleep for about 3 months. Most of the time he wakes up and screams uncontrollably for about a half an hour, nothing I do comforts him, I feel so helpless and sad. Has anyone else had this problem? Any tips on what I sould try. Keep in mind that he did sleep through the night from 12-20 months. He just started waking up again recently.


Amber-lee - posted on 08/17/2009




my 3 year old stepdaughter has nightmares she sleeps next to Amber-lee and Daddy's bed in her own big girl bed but she still wakes up screaming sometimes i swap sides so i sleep next to her and Daddy can get a bit of sleep, i rub her back and tell her its alright she watches me via the light of her nightlight "bronty" (a dinosaur shaped night light) and when she see's how totally relaxed i am she goes back to sleep. we had her first ever bout of sleepwalking the other night and that was the scariest experience i have had as a stepmum so far. i'd suggest going into his room kneeling down beside him and rubbing his back talk in low soothing tones and appear totally relaxed even if you're totally stressed out!! it could be his imagination coming to life in his sleep if it continues maybe go and see a doctor? this isn't good for you or the little one.

Amber - posted on 08/16/2009




.Hello, I had the same problem with my son when he was around 18 months. He had gotten sick and just seemed to be feeling terrible so I let him sleep in bed with me for three days until he wasn't sick anymore. Let me tell you he was mad. He didn't want to sleep in his bed he wanted to to be with mama. I tried comforting him and trying to get him to settle down but it wouldn't work. The more I tried to help the longer he stayed up. So I shut the door and let him cry it out after an hour he fell asleep and slept the hole night. It took three days of him crying before he realized he wasn't going to get what he wanted. It sounds bad and I hated hearing him cry but after trying anything I could think of such as reading him a book, rocking him in a rocking chair, patting his back in the end letting him deal with it himself worked faster and better


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Josie - posted on 08/17/2009




My olmost 23month old also has started this....and sometimes it's as easy as changing his diaper giveing him a new cup of water or juice and he's fine other times it's a 2 hr ordeal...and I just let him run a muck and then we go back to bed...if this is not an option due to work then if he is in a bed big enough and on his own...try laying with him in his bed...sing softly to him while patty or stroking his back or hair. Mind you this is just what works for my boy...or try giving him a warm bath not playtime but soothing very few bath toys....well i guess that's all i have...let me know you are doing.

Molly - posted on 08/17/2009




My 4 year old did this at the same age. He would scream and scream. He slept in the same bed as me, so I didn't understand it at all. One night, I turned on the lamp, and woke him up completely and got him relaxed. Then, I turned the light off and he fell asleep. The doctors told me it must be nightmares. All I know is, once I started waking him up and letting him fall back asleep, he slept much better. Even with waking him up, it helped my sleeping schedule, because we both got back to sleep sooner. The key for me was making sure he was awake. He'd still whimper a little bit, but it got rid of the terrorizing fear he had.

Of course, if that doesn't work, you should probably take him to the doctors.

Brittani - posted on 08/17/2009




i had this problem with my 3 year old she actually still wakes up at night sometimes i think it was because of bad dreams i dont know if that is your case but leaving her door open putting a nightlight in her room and telling her i was just in the next room in my bed seems to work it has to be cuz of bad dreams i would try a night liht if he doesnt have one...

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