Night Time Sleeping Problems with 22 month old

Katie - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )




My son will be 2 in December and has never had a problem going to bed on his own at night and staying asleep. He usually gets about 10 hours of sleep at night and then a 1 hour nap during the day.

For the past 2 weeks he has had a hard time going to sleep on his own, and he wakes up in the middle of the night crying and wanting to be away from his room. And once he is out of his room he doesn't stop crying for at least 15 minutes. I don't want him to make a habit of this behavior. What can I do to help my son sleep through the night better?


Candice - posted on 10/31/2009




My daughter is 2 in december also and we have been dealing with the same problem...

Its very hard to deal with isnt it.

We have her now going to sleep straight away and she sometimes wakes during the night and is currently settling herself.

We extended her arvo sleep from 1-3 (she slept longer after puting her down later.. even tho she would probibly sleep earlyr - sometimes 12:30 if shes tired)

then we would start who routine basicaly as soon as dinner is over (dinner 5.30)

Routine: Bath, bottle watch a bit of Dorothy the Dinosaur, sometimes story, cuddle time and bed... all this time we were talking about bed (she goes to bed about 7 or a little before.

One good bit of advice i heard is give her options, but not the option for wether she was going to bed or not.

e.g.: Would you like to take your bunny to bed with you?

or: if you stay quite mummy will leave the door open but if your loud mummy will close the door ( had to do that a few times and has worked like a charm so far) open the door later when they have become quite.

another thing we do is say 'nuh night' to everything characters in a book etc

now days we dont have to be quite so intense.

if she does wake up i leave her a bit then if that doesnt work i give her a cuddle then put her back to bed and tell her she has to go back to bed and i will keep the door open if shes quite

hope that helps

Morgan - posted on 11/04/2009




A lot of children of this age my daughter included get what are called night terrors. Here is a link to a site that tells you the symptoms and how to deal with it. Night terrors sometimes are confused with nightmares but they are not. A night terror is like sleepwalking they aren't actually awake but look like they are like a sleepwalker it is best not to wake them.

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My son at 21 months is also having trouble sleeping/staying asleep - and he has always been a great sleeper. I, too, think it is bad dreams. I, too, started playing a CD of lullabies and that seems to help. I, too, have put in night lights, and given him a lovey. It all helps. But when he has a nightmare I just pick him up, rock him for a couple of minutes and lay him back down. Asleep he goes. It is just a phase. He'll grow out of it. but gosh darn I am tired! :)

Birdee - posted on 11/02/2009




there are a few things that i have heard of..they have been on the Show SuperNanny. IF your kid is still in a crib, try sitting beside the crib with your face away from him, try not to make any eye contact with him, and DO NOT talk to him at all.If he crawls out of his crib, put him back in and just sit there.Do this until he falls asleep and then leave the rooom.Every night go further and further away from his crib, until you are sitting outside of his room.
There is also the other way, if your son is in a toddler bed.....have a soothing bedtime routine with him.Start it off with a bath, and take him straight to his room after the bath, get him dressed in there....and then read him a couple of books and give him hugs and kisses and then leave the room. If he get's up out of bed, take him back to bed and say "it's Bedtime sweetie" tuck him in and leave again....the next time he comes out, just say "bedtime" and tuck him in...the next time he get's out, say NOTHING to him and tuck him back in.....from then on each time he comes out after that, say nothing at all and take him back to bed!!
Hope that helps!!
Be patient, i have been trying this for 2 weeks and some nights it is still pretty hard!!

Candice - posted on 10/31/2009




also heard puttin them to bed earler may help if they arent having a big day nap


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Christy - posted on 11/01/2009




Sounds like he is scared of his room, it it dark? If so put a night light in there. Give him a lovey (like a favorite blanket or soft toy) to hold while he is sleeping. My son (29 months) will not go to sleep at all unless he has his blanket! They dream more at this age and some of it can be scary. If he is screaming, don't take him out of the bed. Rub his back and make sure he knows you are there, but don't make a habit of taking him out of the bed, or he will keep screaming until you do. Hope this helps.

April - posted on 10/31/2009




maybe he had a bad dream? My son did this for a bit and I had to change his bedtime routine up a bit to make it more soothing for him to sleep. I put on some classical music, nightlight, and had to give him a few books to read in bed to settle him down. He kept getting up in the middle of the night and then I would just keep bringing him back to his bed giving him a hug and a kiss and then tucked him back in. SOmtimes a teddy bear or favorite stuffed animal would help as well.

Kids go though so many phases and its hard to figure out what is going on with htem but just be patient it will pass. Keep up the good work.

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