I have a two year old that gets up in the middle of the night .!

Adrian - posted on 02/19/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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He does this just to come and get me and take me back to his room so I will lay on the floor next to his bed. This just started a couple of months ago and it doesn't help that I have been singing him to sleep. How do I get this to stop? I feel like the zombie I was when I was breastfeeding in the middle of the night

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Adrian - posted on 02/23/2009

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Thank you so much for your advice.   We had just started the reinforced behavior thing and then the colds form Day Care set in.  We will get back to it after the stomach bug goes away.  I do greatly appreciate your info.  We actually just burned a CD of his favorite songs so we will try that too.   All my best, Adrian

Tia - posted on 02/19/2009

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Something I forgot was that if he continues to get up, you have to continue to lay him back down. I have never had any issues with my daughter at night, she loved getting in her new bed from the crib stage and I never once had a problem with her getting up. She loves her sleepy time. Anyway, I watch alot of super nanny and nanny 911. It seems that every family she helps keeps up with this reinforced repeated behavior. Putting them back in bed, screaming or not until they stay there and fall asleep is something that has to be done in order for them to learn and see that its okay to sleep in their bed.



Another thing I realized reading back on what your concern was you said it had just started about 2 months ago. Maybe there is something in his room he doesnt like, or that scares him. Dont mention the word scared, but ask him why he doesnt want to sleep in his room alone. You may want to get down to the middle of the reasons he doesnt want to be in there without you.

Tia - posted on 02/19/2009

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Dont reinforce his behavior. By going in his room and laying down or singing him to sleep shows him that he has control over the situation. Let him know you are the mommy and that its bed time. When he comes in the room to get you, gently say lets go back to bed and lay him down. Tuck him in and tell him something positive. Maybe something positive to look forward to in the morning. Dont be specific but just let him know that the faster he goes to sleep the faster he gets to wake up. Maybe instead of the singing you can get a cd player for his room and play a cd for him until he goes to sleep. My two year old daughter has a cd we play for her every night, since she was a baby. She loves it. Some nights she goes without it, some nights she has to have it. If you'd like I can give you a copy. It really may work. I can make a copy and mail it to you, we have the music on our computer downloaded.



Hopefully I helped some. Keep me posted.

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