3 and a half year cries in the middle of the night

Rebecca - posted on 05/27/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




My daughter is 3 and a half and just about every night she wakes up crying. This has been going on for just about 2 years. Sometimes it is night terrors but those seemed to have stopped and she just cries and screams but seems to be awake. It takes from 5 minutes to 20 minutes to calm her down and get her back to sleep. I am at my wits end. She is happy and playfull during the day but doesn't take a nap. She has a regular sleep schedule. I talked to her doctor and she gave her melatonin but that didn't help. I don't like to see her like this and I end up staying up till 3am waiting for her nightly crying.


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Jodi - posted on 05/27/2013




This is pretty common. My daughter was much the same up until she was about 5 or 6 - she had a very active imagination. I ended up putting her old cot mattress and a pillow and blankets beside my bed and she would be happy just coming in to our room when she was upset and curling up on the mattress beside my side of the bed. Sometimes I heard her come in, sometimes I didn't, but I think the fact that she knew she could come in at any time and feel secure near me was enough. It saved my sanity.

Kristen - posted on 05/27/2013




My daughter is same way. It maybe something you don't even realize that wakes her. My daughter wakes for many reason it seems, sometimes she thinks something is crawling on her bed when nothing is there or she uncovered herself in her sleep, she sometimes wets her bed but not regularly. I do find that usually I can get her back to sleep if I take her potty. I think that might be waking her but she is too sleepy to realize that's what woke her up. I know it gets tiresome and feels like nothing helps. I guess we just have to help them be able to get back to sleep and hope that things get better. I am always glad for the nights she actually makes it all night. Sometimes I find telling her to go find someone (like gma or papa or daddy or me) in dream land to play and have fun with it helps her sleep better. I always ask her who she wants to see in dreamland and after she tells me.i tell her okay close your eyes and go find them and she goes to sleep shortly later. Maybe you could try that. It may help her get a deeper sleep where she don't wake easy. I Try and put happy thoughts in my daughters head before she goes to sleep. Trust me I know the feeling but loving that little girl trumps the troublesome she brings at time.

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