Our 20-month-old has been waking up several times a night crying, we can't figure out why?

Connie - posted on 03/22/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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We checked all the usual suspects (too hot, too cold, night light, thirsty). We think he just wants to sleep in our bed. My husband is wondering if it is time to let him sleep with his 5-year-old brother in his double bed. Any ideas?

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Cristina - posted on 03/22/2010

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I would look more into it... what times does he cry?, is he comforted if you hold him? I had lots of sleep troubles with one of my kids, all (more or less) easily solved with Dr. Ferber's book. Lots of friends have borrowed it from me, and all have seen their problems solved. Highly recommend it! (Solve your child's sleep problems, by Richard Ferber)

Lorie - posted on 03/22/2010

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Well I found with my 4 year old and even the DC kids I have had, around 2 they start to get night terrors. My 4 year old had them SO BAD. It would take me about 1 hour to clam him down, maybe even a little longer. The only thing you can really do is just comfort him and be there for him. Maybe give him something that make him feel better like a soother, blanket etc..... you get it.
Good luck and I hope it doesn't get any worse for you and him.

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Kyala - posted on 03/23/2010

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my son is 21 months...righ now he wakes up crying and tenses his legs from what i assume is growing pains but other than the usual bad dreams teething etc they go through phases....just endure it and comfort him thats all there really is to do...as for the brother thing i would hold off...the longer he sleeps by himself the more of an independent sleeper he will be

Lucy - posted on 03/23/2010

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we have just been through that, to the extent that i was sleeping on the floor next to door just to hold his hand through the night as that was the only thing that would settle him. our son goes through phrases of doing it. It seems simple but let him have a really good nap in the day to catch up on missed sleep, then spent all afternoon cuddling and playing, then after dinner go for a lovely long walk then have half an hour wind down, then to bed, this worked a treat for us last night and we actually had sleep!

Connie - posted on 03/22/2010

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He cries several times a night and generally calms down after we hold him for awhile. Not sure about night terrors as he seems to be awake as he cries. When we attempt to put him back into his crib he gets more angry... By default I guess we are doing the Ferber method, letting him cry but going in once awhile so he knows we are there (not picking him up). It is painful because he can cry for so long. Thanks for all your suggestions and support!

Christy - posted on 03/22/2010

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Bad dreams, growing pains, teething are a few. I give my son tylenol and it seems to help (for pain). Probably not a good time to let him co sleep with his brother.

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