I need help getting my child to sleep and stay asleep.

Carey - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 2 yrs old and we fight about sleep every night. Then once she goes to sleep she is back up in 2-4 hrs for a couple hrs. I am so tired all the time and trying to work and function and it is taking a large toll on me. Please anyone help, I have tried everything I can think of.

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Julia - posted on 01/04/2010

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I understand your problem totally. My son is just over 2. He still doesn't sleep throught the night. He is on a routine bed time but he still has his moments. Before we bought his "big boy bed" he was constantly up and down all night. After we purchased this bed he sleeps a little better but he still wakes at 3 and then at 6 am to get up for the day. I put him to sleep at 9 p.m. I found that the bigger bed does help him sleep better and some nights he sleeps all the way through. We also made his room "cool" by putting glow in the dark stars and fish...a couple of his favorite things. The sleepless nights have eased up since the move to the big bed. Also I watched this episode of SuperNanny...and she has this technique that I use on my son, which is I put him in bed and give him a kiss or do whatever night time routine you like then you say.."its time for bed"..and cover the kid up. Then you turn out the light and sit next to the bed with your head down. Ignore all the craziness. If the child gets out of bed you put the kid back and say this once more...its time for bed..yada yada. Don't show emotions or say anything but that. Then you just repeat the step until the child tires out. She recommends that you only talk twice to the child during this process. On the show it usually took the mom 3 hours to accomplish the task...but when I tried it with my son it was more like 30 minutes. Anyway. I did try the crying it out technique but it didn't work for us. So I hope this helps you and good luck on trying to get some uninterrupted sleep!

User - posted on 01/04/2010

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Try to start a routine and stick to it: i.e. Music/playtime around 6-7:00pm, bathtime, reading, turn the lights off (only keep a small light), feeding, then sleeping..

Brandi - posted on 01/04/2010

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Does she have a bedtime routine that stays the same every night?? That might help if she doesn't have one already. When she gets up the first time, do you put her back in her bed, or let her stay up a while?? You should put her back in her bed. I would say you should try when she gets up to say sternly, "No, It's not time to get up, bedtime, honey" take her back to bed and if she gets out again, sternly say "Bedtime." everytime after that. NO WORDS walk her back to bed and leave the room. She should get the picture pretty soon.

Krystal - posted on 01/04/2010

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Hello there Carey... I know how you feel! My son is 20 mos and when he was younger, did the same thing. What is her bedtime?? With my son, I was putting him to bed around 8pm but he really wasnt too tired. I changed his bedtime to 9 (which is late in our house LoL) and sometimes he still cries, but I just let him scream his lil heart out! I know it mught sound mean, but I have let him cry for hours. I know he's fed, changed, and taken care of, so I know he just wants to be out with us and nosey!! Try letting her cry for a while, she will eventually cry herself to sleep and also be so worn out from crying she might even sleep longer. I know its hard not to go in there and get them, but it only makes it worse if you do because they know if they cry long enough, mommy will come to the rescue... Hope that helps a little :-)

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