Waking up throughout the night

Gabrielle - posted on 02/17/2016 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be turning 2 at the end of March, and we currently live with my grandparents and share a bedroom. I do have my own bed and she's still sleeping in her crib. Lily goes to sleep around 8 o'clock every night without a problem. But around 2 or 3 in the morning she wakes up calling me, I have tried everything to get her to go back to sleep even letting her cry it out. Although nothing works. As soon as I pick her up she goes right to sleep, then when I think she's sleeping I'll lay her down in her crib and she wakes back up immediately. The only way I can get her to stay asleep is by putting her in the bed with me. Any ideas on what I can do to prevent this from happening??!

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Raye - posted on 02/17/2016

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When she wakes and cries for you, you should check to make sure she's not hungry/thirsty or needs diaper changed, then comfort her and put her back in her crib for her to go to sleep. She's probably waking out of habit, and since you have given in to her and let her in bed with you, then that's what she wants. Calmly tell her she has to sleep in her own bed. It will take some time and you'll be very tired, but you need to be consistent. If you give in once and let her in bed with you, then you'll undo all the work and have to start over again.

You may also want to try a "transfer object". Every time, when you cuddle her and put her to bed, have a favorite bear or blanket that you cuddle her with, then leave the object in the crib with her. She may transfer her need for you to the comfort object and be able to go back to sleep.

Gabrielle - posted on 02/17/2016

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When I put her to sleep at 8 o'clock she is tired and walks in her room herself I put her in her crib and she falls right asleep without me having to comfort her or hold her, but when she wakes in the night she won't go back to bed unless she's next to me.. I've tried to let her cry it out but she'll continue for hours..

Raye - posted on 02/17/2016

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It sounds like you have trained her that she needs contact with you in order to fall asleep. Don't let her fall asleep on you. She should be drowsy, but still awake when you put her to bed, so she falls the rest of the way to sleep on her own. Eventually she will get used to that, and not need you when she wakes at night. She will be able to get herself back to sleep. You may have some restless nights while re-training her, but you have to be consistent with putting her down still semi-awake. Try to do it the same way each time (and not give in just to get her to be quiet). Once she's trained to not need you to fall asleep, you both will be much happier.

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