18-months & still wakes up at night

Carrie - posted on 07/23/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter has a 2 hour nap from 1 to 3 every day and usually goes to bed around 10pm. Sometimes she sleeps all night until 8am but often wakes up 1 time around 2am. She goes back to sleep when I rock her but wakes up the minute I put her down and leave the room. When this happens I ask her if she wants milk and she nods yes, so I give her a bottle. 3 out of 5 times she will sleep after that. Would a bedtime snack be the best?

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Carrie - posted on 07/27/2009

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I will try the water and more snacks during the day. Her waking doesn't happen every night so I am trying to figure out what I do the days she does wake up. I can't see the pattern yet. Thanks for all the advice.

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My dayghter is 1 she wakes up once too i give her a bottle when she does but i totally agree with christina's comment about feeding during the day tru to feed her more snacks before bed that will fill her up before bed give her a bottle and she will have no reason to wake does she have a routine too we do tea play bath then bottle and bed when we are a bit slack with this she wakes every time Good luck hope this helps

Paula - posted on 07/26/2009

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i had the same problem with my now 2 year old. i started to water down the milk by 50mls at a time until it was just water she was having then she just stoped by herself

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I have a 16month old who will also wake up 3-4 times at night and we used to offer milk but I got a ton of crap from our Dr.. The milk and waking up is a habbit now that is why they get up, as well as for comfort. The snack and milk are also super bad for her teeth. We are now dealing with a cavity (I feel like a bad mommy). The big thing is you do not want to create any more bad habbits If she needs a drink offer water but unless you plan on brushing her teeth then avoid milk and snacks. One other thing I was told buy our Dr she will not need any thing at night if you feed her well during the day. Due to her sleeping issues we were sent to a developmental Dr. and the big thing is some babys want cuddling to comfort them back to sleep. Those babies are the hardest to console... I am not allowed to go in her room at night she must learn to cope on her own.... And she can scream and cry for hr.s so this is super hard for me. If the crying is super bad. Then my husband is the only one who can go in the room (Dr.'s orders) and put her back to sleep. And he gives her a kiss and puts her back to bed... no matter what he will not pick her up (Dr.'s orders). This is diffrent than what I would do... I would go in and cuddle and rock her back to sleep and then just like you, I would put her back in her bed and then she would wake up. So I hope this helps. It will be a hard road but she needs this and that is some thing I needed to come to terms with.

Mandy - posted on 07/23/2009

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Sorry to hear you are still dealing with sleep issues. I have to agree with Heather. I have an 18 month old as well. If she wakes up during the night, I let her fuss some and she goes right back to sleep. If your daughter is waking up at night at the same time every night, it is definitely a habit. Hope you can find a way to help her soothe herself back to sleep.

Heather - posted on 07/23/2009

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unfortunately you have created a habit- easy to do. Let her tough it out-- when she wakes, go in lay her down and rub her back. leave right away and tell her you love her. it will be rough at first, but you have to break that habit
she doesnt really want milk, she wants the security from you.

Melonie - posted on 07/23/2009

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My little girl is still waking most nights to so i know how you feel!She also wakes for her bottle during the night so i cant exactly help you out with that but i am going to try and just give her only water after her bedtime bottle so i will let you know how i go with that.

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