I need Sleep!!!!

Chasity - posted on 11/02/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son Jackson will be 2 years old on november 6th and he has yet to sleep throught the night since we brought him home from the hospital when he was born. I have to fight with him every night to get him to sleep and he will sleep for about 4 hours and then he is up every other hour trying to get in the bed with my husband and I. We do not let him sleep in the bed with us. When he gets up he is not thirsty or hungry or even wet. all he wants is to be in the bed with us. when I put him back in his bed he goes right back to sleep about 95% of the time. and he is up at the crack of dawn. I get up at least 3 times a night. I need suggestions on how to get him to sleep through the night with out getting out of his bed. I have tried everything music, fan, night light, etc. Please HELP!!!!!!

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I have a couple of great resources for you
1. check out the free parent resources at www.loveandlogic.com - they have a whole article on about bedtime routines that should help!
2. check out this "clock" - it should help him know when to stay in his bed versus come and get you: http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/prod...

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What is his nap schedule like? We've had to shorten nap to 1 hour maximum to get the best overall sleep schedule possible for all of us. Otherwise our son gets up and tries to play at 4am and refuses to go to bed until 10pm.

Try encouraging him to snuggle with a favourite toy for comfort. And occasionally the only thing we find that works is 5 minutes snuggling in the chair in his room. I'd rather spend 5 minutes snuggling with him to get him settle back to sleep then 1-2 hours fighting with him to stay in his bed. Not ideal, but it's what works for us.
Oh and if he is still in diapers, check to see if he's really wet. We found that was also part of the problem with our son. We switched to a night time diaper and that helped a lot too.

good luck!

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