Not Sleeping

Melissa - posted on 12/19/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering if anyone had any advice my two year old doesn't sleep through the night. She wakes up anywhere between 2 - 5 times per night the good days are only 2 times. She still has a sippy cup for night and she is drinking a cup full each time she wakes up. I have tried taking her cup away but that is a battle she will scream until she gets it I don't know what to do I am exhausted getting up so many times everynight.



Melissa

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Leeanne - posted on 12/22/2008

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hello i have a 13 month old son who wakes every 3 hours for a feed!!!!!!!- breast.i have tried not giving it and let him cry it out but like u said it just wears u down so u just give up if u do find somthing that works i would like to no.good luck.x

Fanika - posted on 12/22/2008

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Wow...I'm having the same sleep problems w/my 18 month old daughter! ....especially since the birth of my son in August this year & on top of that they are both co-sleepers! Was going to start the New Year with my 18 month old sleeping in own room...but was REALLY anxious about it!! Sooo glad I found out about this site bc it's giving me some GREAT ideas!!

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I second Laura's post. Healthy Sleep Habit, Happy Child is AWESOME. It has all the resources you could need. I checked it out from the library and had my 2-year-old trained before it was even close to being due back :)

Laura - posted on 12/22/2008

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I had the same thing happen to my son i bought this book. Heathy Sleep habits, happy child By Marc Weissbluth MD it helped me Good Luck

Melissa - posted on 12/22/2008

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Thanks for all the advice she is a picky eater and so she doesn't eat alot during the day I have tried letting her just cry it out but that doesn't work she is stubborn she will call until you come maybe Dr. Green knows something I will give all your advices a try and hopefully something works:)

Carla - posted on 12/21/2008

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Get the Toddle Taming book by Dr Green it tells you how to let them cry to sleep which I never liked but difference is you get to go in and cuddle instead of just letting them cry the whole time. If you stick to this for 3 days solid it will work, my little boy has been wakeful up until 18 months tried this and now goes to bed with no problem and has been having the odd sleep in until 9am!!

Leana - posted on 12/21/2008

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First you have to make sure she has a good meal before bed !!! this way shes not hungry sometimes when they drink alot it means there not full... there hungry...

Sarah - posted on 12/21/2008

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the best advise i can give is to let her cry it out, my daughter is nearly 2 and i have finally got her dwn to her preferred time of 7.00 sleeping through to bout 7.30,she dosent have a daytime nap any more as i cut it dwn gradually when i cut her bed time routine dwn.so by the time its bed she is ready to sleep. i make sure her bed time hour is the same every night starting with a bath at 6, get dressed at about 6.30 (in the night garden is usually on at this time on the bed time hour on cbeebies) we brush her teeth and we are finished about 6.50 and she then listenens to the story time for 10 mins. as soon as its 7 she goes straight up i give her a bottle of warm milk and walk straight out and leave her. if she crys which she dosent bother doin any more i leave her to cry it out and the same in the night then they get used to you not coming when they cry, i know it was really hard for me to do the first time cos i was worried she would work her self up to much which they do the first nite but just ignore it and soon you will have a happy child not only at night but in the day too. i really hope this will help you

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I would suggest a good bedtime snack, muffins and milk or even a bowl of oatmeal etc. Something carby and sleep inducing.

If this is new behaviour have her ears checked out. Both my boys had ear infections and the only symptom was trouble sleeping.

You could also try co sleeping and see if that helps. Is she getting up for a drink? If so you could have a couple cups of water with ice to keep it cool by her bed waiting for her when she wakes thirsty.

Suzannah - posted on 12/19/2008

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First, make sure she is getting plenty of calories during normal waking hours - maybe add an evening snack. Then reduce the amount she gets in the nighttime sippy cup by an ounce every other night until it is so little she hopefully doesn't want to bother. Has she always woken up alot at night? If so, she may have reflux or something else physically bothering her.

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