My 2 and half year old has starting waking up at midnight

Liza - posted on 03/25/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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She is staying up until its time to get up or get ready to go to work/daycare in the morning. I'm worried. She doesn't get much sugar and definitely no juice before bed. I did start potty training her last week. Why is she staying awake? Do toddlers do this?

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April - posted on 03/30/2009

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have you taken out her nap if not try that or wait untill 10pm with no nap then try to to out her to sleep ittl be hard at first for 3 to 4 days make sure that she does not take a nap

Liza - posted on 03/30/2009

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Thank you all for your responses.She's not crying or anything when she wakes up. In fact she doesn't make an effort to call on us. She is quiet and just rolling around and laughing and playing to her self.  I have asked my care provider to shorten her naps to no longer than one hour. She does still need one though. She did great for four days then just last night she woke up and stayed awake again. I'll keep trying  and talk to her pediatrician about it. Thanks again.

Amanda - posted on 03/27/2009

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My older son goes in and out of this.  I can normally get him back to bed.  But, I've learned through my expereince with this and from my friends that once they 'sleep through the night' it's not over yet!  I thought once they started they never stop - it's totally normal.  Just be firm and consistent that she has to be in her room and quiet until morning (or till the sun is up - that use to work with my son).  It won't work at first but be consistent.  

Suzannah - posted on 03/27/2009

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A big change like potty training could be related. Does she nap during the day? You could try skipping her nap (if she's at home for nap) and making sure she gets lots of exercise and see if that gets her tired enough to sleep through the night. Night terrors are very common at this age, too. Does she seem upset or in pain when she wakes up? Ear infections or reflux are worse when laying down and can keep children awake at night. Is she eating a good dinner? Sometimes my son will wake up hungry if he doesn't eat much in the evening. Just some ideas. Good luck figuring it out :)

Maria - posted on 03/27/2009

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hey my son is 3 he use t do the same thing except it was more like 1am he would get up n at about 6 or 7 he would be passin back out eventually i told him he wasn not comin out of his room i would take him to the bathroom get him a small drink if he needed a sip and then right back in bed he went no tv nothing just bed in the dark and if he didnt goto sleep he would lay there until he finally did. i think that if u keep letting them do it and cater to it they will get use to it and think that its ok i would just put her back in bed if nothing is wrong and tell her its bed time and everyone is going or is already sleeping.

Nicole - posted on 03/26/2009

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Does she wake up crying or screaming? If she does it might be that she is having night terrors "almost like a bad dream." My daughter did that. Her doctor told me just to hold her close and talk to her in a soft calming voice.

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