2 year old not sleeping through the night

Cindy - posted on 02/18/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )




My daughter is almost 2 1/2 and every night either at 1 in the morning or 3 in the morning, she will not go to sleep back in her bed! We've tried everything, the super nanny going back and forth and not saying a word for hours and hours, the baby gate in between her door and the hall, sitting with her until she falls asleep, everything.

The only thing that gets her to sleep and us to sleep is if she is sleeping with me. So I can get sleep, I have started giving in and taking her in the guest room with me. Any ideas on how to break this??


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Nikki - posted on 02/22/2009




You may want to seriously evaluate what she is eating, how much she is exercising, and how long she is napping during the day. It turned out my son was getting a hefty amount more sugar than I realized, in his juices, etc, and was also not napping well enough. I know it sounds nuts but for most kids if they take a better nap during the day, they sleep better at night. Also- try an earlier bedtime. I know that sounds nuts but if your child has more time to unwind in bed before falling asleep on their own they tend to sleep better. You have to be sure that the bedtime routine is exactly the same each night. That is very key!

Each night I start by gradually reducing the light he is exposed to so his body can naturally be ready for bed. We close all the blinds in the house, and turn off or down most of the lamps and lights starting about 2 hours before bedtime. After dinner we have a bit of running around time, and he walks while we walk the dog. Then we have a bath, and he gets some loition and a little mini massage, and I turn on some meditation music. Once in bed, we have a set set of books we read together. I know most kids require a nightlight, so try to find one that is an LED light with a low light or maybe a colored light that wont affect her bodies natural wind down. I got a great one at Lowes that can be red or white or blue. The last thing I do is send him to bed with a sippy cup of water. He takes a little drink and goes back to sleep on his own. I know the "super nanny" way can be really tough and sometimes it takes a month, but it IS effective. Good luck!

Krissie - posted on 02/22/2009




i know how you feel my 15 month old is doing the same im hoping she will grow out of it soon, well thats what i keep telling myself anyway, good luck

Stacey - posted on 02/22/2009




leave the gate on her door put a little lamp in the bedroom wen she wakes up get sum of her toys out tell her play nicely an just get in bed wen she tired the next mornin if she starts fallin asleep keep her awake send her bed a bit l8r shud work x

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