Lately my son screams at bedtime for hours...other than ignoring him till he falls asleep, any ideas

Erica - posted on 08/13/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




He is almost 2 years old and this summer he has been very difficult to put down for the night. We used to just lay him down and he might cry or not but would be asleep in under 20 minutes unless he was sick. Now, for the last 2 months, he will scream and cry mommy, daddy, peepee...anything for up to 3 hours...if I can take it for that long. It kills me to have him go through this...but soon I have to go back to work and I won't be able to sleep either, I am expecting again and need all the rest I can get.


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Jana - posted on 08/16/2009




I read "The Baby Whisper" and "The Toddler Whisper" and the suggestions in the book really helped us. Just whatever you choose to do be consistent.

Jessica - posted on 08/14/2009




My daughter is 19 months she is going through the same things. I have put a night light and a radio with classical music and I stay in her room for about 5 minutes reading her book (I Love you through and through) then rubbing her back and she does fall asleep. Other days I have kept her door open with the baby gate in her door (to keep her in there) and that worked until she figured out she could play.

Antoinette - posted on 08/14/2009




I have this little helpful hint from mother of 6 +... try having a night time or bedtime a favorite book, bath or try a favorite movie...and most of all keep the bedtimes very close to regular even when away from home... this works very well with our two youngest (1 and 4). We find that at times they are read for bed and it is still an hour away.

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My son will be 2 in Nov., so I can defineately sympathize with you. When is daddy time? Most children are stimulated by daddy time and it defineately shouldn't be partaken of within a couple hours before bedtime. Keep brainstorming til you find the answer. I agree with Jana. Sometimes the answer is so simple, that's why it's overlooked. Good luck to you.

Jana - posted on 08/13/2009




Does he have a night light in his room? My daughter started acting like that a few months ago, she is almost 2 and since I have put a very dim night light in her room when she wakes up or I leave the room after she is tucked in, she has done much better. I also figured out that my daughter was getting too hot. She wanted to sunggle with her blanket but got too hot (she is a hot body like her dad) I placed a "Chillow" under her sheet and she has been comfy cozy ever since.

Maybe it is something easy like that to fix. I wish you luck in finding a solution for your little guy.

Valissa - posted on 08/13/2009




it depends on the child with mine i kept them up a little longer, due to the sunlight and he was having trouble as well, to make him more tired. or you could try sitting with him for a bit in his room, or bringing him out but he can't play. sometimes all it takes is calmign them down to help them get to sleep. this might not work for him though.

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