PLEASE HELP!!!!! my 1 year old still waking through the night

Rebecca - posted on 04/21/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hi there, well I'm having an issue that most of you all are, there are so many comments on this subject it's hard to find the right solution.
Well I have a 1 year old boy who has been waking several times during the night since 8 months old. Before that he was sleeping from 7pm to 6.30am. He has a pacifier constantly and he goes to sleep by himself, but when he awakes he's waking crying to the point he almost choking and spewing. This has gone on since 8 months old, and it's to a point where I feel I have no energy what so ever. I'm a working mum also having a 5 year old girl and an amazing partner who tries to help but my boy just wants MUMMY!!!!!!. He eats well during the day right up to dinner, has his bottled and goes down by himself at night. During the night he's so up and down it's not funny. His day sleeps are awesome, 2 sleeps during the day for 2 hours each sleep, so I am stumped at what is going on????????. My daughter was awesome no problems with sleeping, eating, and sleeping. If anyone out there has any advise, please help....... xo

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Sharin - posted on 04/23/2012

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My little guy is 23 months and I could have posted the same thing. :( He CAN sleep through the night, but doesn't. Wakes one to two times crying. If it's a light cry, I'll let him go and He'll cry himself back down. If it's an intense cry, I'll check on him, usually to find him standing in his crib asking for his "binky" because he lost it. He will go right back down immediately after I give it to him.



I've tried blankets, temperature, nightlight, stuffed animals.. the only thing I can figure at this point is he's losing the binky and becoming unable to put himself back down. I do notice if he has a heavy play with light nap day, he sleeps like a champ... I also notice that sometimes he gets twisted in his blanket and cries because he's twisted/stuck.



He naps 1.5/2 hours a day and goes down at 8:30pm, wakes by 7am every day. I also work full time and know your pain. It's awful. Good luck...

Alexandra - posted on 04/25/2012

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Is he still wrapped when he wakes up? My kiddo, who is now 3 years old, was waking up in the middle of the night when he couldn't find his favorite blanket. I used to cover him with it, but in the middle of the night it was falling off and he used to wake up screaming - I guess feeling unsafe.

Tina - posted on 04/23/2012

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maybe you may have to try cutting back his naps. I know it's hard especially when they get cranky. But I've had to with my son.

Natalie - posted on 04/21/2012

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Hi, good on you for seeking assistance. My 3 have always woken during the night until 10 or 12 months. Since he's already 1 and has in the past slept well I'm wondering about his ears. Does he call out like he's in pain? I suggest getting his ears tested. Otherwise put a night light in his room as he may not like the dark. **You may have already done this but if not it would explain why he naps well during the day but wakes at night. Best of luck!!

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Dawn - posted on 02/11/2013

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Yes, I do... I raised 3 children and all of them tried this with me. I learned no matter how hard it was to do, I HAD TO LET THEM LAY THERE AND CRY. Soon after about 3-4 nights of this, they learned I wasn't going to head to their every whimper, and they finally began sleeping through the night. Its tougher on you really then them! To give you peace of mind however, go in and check to make sure they are ok, and not wet. If wet, change them, then put them immediately back in the crib and walk away!

Rebecca - posted on 05/02/2012

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Hi all, I know it's been a while since my last post, but here is an update.

Ladanian ( my 1 year old boy) is still not sleeping through the night, waking only a couple of times, BUT he is now putting himself back to sleep with just a little grizzle for no longer than 1 minute :). I am now cutting his sleeps down to one 2 hour sleep everyday, also notifying daycare, thankyou SHARIN and TINA. I am still using a night lamp which is a Himilayan Salt rock lamp thankyou NATALIE. I'm also using a cuddly teddy which you can put a heated wheat bag inside to keep him cozy through the night.

The first too nights were so hard allowing him to cry for over 5 minutes, but his crys first started off loud then after a couple of minutes they were just attention crying. Within 15min of Ladanian waking through the night he finally put himself to sleep by himself.

The third night he woke atleast 4 times during the night with a bit of a grunt and a winge, leaving him to himself all I could hear was hime putting the dummy back in his mouth and back to sleep :):):).

So After almost a week and a bit of restless nights myself and my partner and enjoying a much and well deserved peaceful sleep. He is not fully sleeping through the night but its a bonus that we don't have to get up with him and put him back to sleep.

I would like to thankyou all for your information in helping me with my 1 year olds sleeping habits and I hope that my posts will help another mother in need.

Kind Regards
Rebecca mwah

Rebecca - posted on 04/23/2012

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Ok here's an update........... Maybe it takes time to get use to the night light but as of last night things have not changed. Elfrieda hi there, yes my son does cry for the dummy but once he puts it back in he's still crying. By making him stop I sit with him for half hour or sometimes more before he returns back to sleep.
Also I still wrap him before bed as that's how he likes it and he goes to sleep within 5 minutes. Don't know if that helps anything????? Any who I'm am still reading different solutions but the more replys the more I will try

Kind regards all

Elfrieda - posted on 04/22/2012

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Is he crying because he lost his pacifier? If so, you might need to wean him off it or attach it to a teddy or something so that he can take care of the problem himself if he wakes up.

Natalie - posted on 04/22/2012

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Best of luck! My friend's daughter used to cry out in the night for 6+ months from the age of just over one. When she finally started talking they understood what she had been saying all that time 'toooooo daaark'. Hope it is the night light as that's an easy fix.

Rebecca - posted on 04/22/2012

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Thank you so much for the advise since your post I have gone out and brought a night light:). It did not cross my mind at all that he could be scared of the dark, and as for his ears we have seeked medical advise and no luck:(. I thought it could be teething but I just don't know hoping the night light works and once again THANKYOU

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