My 2 1/2 year old has suddenly stopped sleeping well, any suggestions?

Kathryn - posted on 01/26/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 2 1/2 year old son has recently stopped sleeping. He has always been very good at sleeping and started sleeping through the night at 3 weeks. He has also always had the same bedtime routine. It has been about 2 weeks, and the problem hasn't gotten better. He is not napping alot of times, I recently started rocking him to sleep for naps just so he could get some rest. It is apparent to me that he still needs a nap, because by 4 in the afternoon he is a monster without one. It also only takes about 10 minutes to get him to sleep by rocking. I broke him of this when he was about 18 months, and didn't want to go back, but I see no other option at this point. Nighttime has always been the easiest, but not anymore. He started climbing out of his crib at bedtime, and we kept putting him back. Now we have changed his bed to a toddler bed, we were worried about his safety, but the problem is worse. Now not only do we battle with him for an hour or more to get him to stay in bed, but he is no longer sleeping through the night. He has always slept 12 hours. If we put him to bed at 7:30, we will wake up at 7:30. Now we put him to bed at 7:30, fight with him until 8:30 and he wakes up at 2, or 3. Sometimes he doesn't wake until 5:30, but still he is not getting enough sleep and we have to go through the whole battle again to get him to stay in bed.



I don't know if he is just going through a stage, or if it is because I am expecting our second child and he has anxiety about that. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated, this pregnant Mommy needs to get some sleep!

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Cynthia - posted on 01/26/2010

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I know what you're going through! I have struggled with this several times with my little guy, who will soon be 3. My mom told me , they go through phases like that, especially when they are about to go through a growth spurt. I know it can be tiring and very frustrating. I had been worried aout this , as I am pregnant again also, and I am so exhausted I can hardly get through the day, and really dont need the aggrivation. And, the thoughts of going through it with a new baby in the house is even worse! An elderly friend of mine suggested giving him "sleepytime tea"(it has chammomile or something in it- you can get it in all the grocery stores), then a bath just before bed when he's going through those stages. It has seemed to help! Good luck to you, and I hope you can get some rest soon!

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Elizabeth - posted on 04/07/2011

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Did the sleep issues start with the toddler bed? or is this new and he has been in the toddler bed for a while?

Did he get his 2 year molars yet? There are 4 of them.

Let me know and I will finish my suggestions up.

Nicole - posted on 03/09/2011

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my son is 2 and half years old and is going through the same thing, however Nap time is easiest he goes down no problem but at bedtime he is up until midnight sometimes. I have gone in his room to lie down with him so that he can go to sleep b/c in the morning he is a little monster if doesn't get 12 hours of sleep. However, once he is in his bed even though he is awake he does not get off his bed no metter what, so we are lucky for that. However, I don't know what else to do, should I take out his naps but the thing is if I don't put him down he will go to his room on his own to sleep. What should I do?

Nicole - posted on 03/09/2011

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my son is 2 and half years old and is going through the same thing, however Nap time is easiest he goes down no problem but at bedtime he is up until midnight sometimes. I have gone in his room to lie down with him so that he can go to sleep b/c in the morning he is a little monster if doesn't get 12 hours of sleep. However, once he is in his bed even though he is awake he does not get off his bed no metter what, so we are lucky for that. However, I don't know what else to do, should I take out his naps but the thing is if I don't put him down he will go to his room on his own to sleep. What should I do?

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