Bad sleeper

Anne-Marie - posted on 08/14/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is 19 months old and a real bad sleeper. On a good night he wakes me up 3 times so you can imagine the bad nights. Plaese help :(

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Cheryl - posted on 08/14/2010

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Several questions.. does he have his own room or is he in with you? Does he nap, and how many times( you might have to do away wi one or all naps to help him sleep more soundly at night..does he just wake up or does he scream and cry till you come?? I would put him in his own room or if you don't have another room, maybe the living room, or someplace you know he is safe, place a fan in your room so you can't hear the noise and for 3 nights let him fuss, mine was 15 months and was in our room.. we moved, I put him in another room, I used the fan thing(so I wouldn't hear him fuss, and in 3 nights he was over it, and slept thru the night. It makes a diff if he is in your room, if he is still in a crib( at this age I think they should still be, mine was til 3 or so) and think about the nap thing.. also the good relaxing unwinding bedtime routine is good too. They must learn that night is for sleeping and no one is coming til morning.. if he is thirsty leave a small bottle of water for him that he can find. Hope some of this helps.

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Anne-Marie - posted on 08/16/2010

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Thanks alot :)
The thing is he's not onto watching tv he's far to busy only time he'll sit stil is when he drinks he's bottle or 'paging' thru a magazine and we show him all the animals. We don't let him in the bed to often i even thought maybe he's getting cold coz he doesn't like being closed up coz he gets hot very quick. We'll see how summer goes maybe it gets better. Don't think i'll sleep thru when he decides to sleep thru i'm so use to the lack of sleep :) :)

Cheryl - posted on 08/15/2010

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Oh dear, I can sympathize with you. All babies are different, so all mine slept through from 3 months to 3 yrs !!! Not a good idea to allow him to watch anything1 stimulating on tv or dvd's. Looking a pictures quietly for a while at night and really unwinding after the day is best. He will improve with time. My daughter has the same thing going with her son, but she eventually allowed him into her bed, which is not such a good idea.....

Anne-Marie - posted on 08/15/2010

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Well to start of i've tried it all. He's been a bad sleeper since day one. I was thinking it was because i was so busy during the pregnancy that he's so 'busy' He only takes2 naps at the most. I've tried routine. I've tried no naps. I can't say he wants to play he's just niggley and very restless otherwise he's fine. What i will try is his own room. We've got the tv in our room so he's there with us all the time the tv doesnt bother him coz he sleeps with that no problem. He'll also stop being fussy if i put him in bed with us but then we sleep uncomfortable. Thanks so much for all the advise and help. Hope you all have a beautiful Sunday xxxx

Nicole - posted on 08/14/2010

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try a routine, i know its hard when they don't wanna sleep at night? does he take a lot of naps during the day? if so try to cut them down and wake him up to play. my daughter is good at sleeping all night but now all of a sudden she senses when i get home from work at 10:30 at night and wants to play until 1-2 in the morning. if he sleeps in your room that could be a little harder cuz he could be sensing you when you enter for you to go to bed.

Kristi - posted on 08/14/2010

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Children love routines that way they know what to expect. Work on finding a routine that works for your family. A warm bath but maybe limit the toys, find a favourite blanket, lavender in the room,keep the lights low, soft music, a book before bed, warm milk. Look at a cd with nature sounds or slow music. We purchased a 'sleep sheep' which is a plush toys that plays pre-recorded nature sounds my kids both love it! Stay calm and Good luck - it's tough when no one is getting a goodnight's sleep!

Jennifer - posted on 08/14/2010

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Has he always been a poor sleeper? My girls reached a certain age where they would nap just fine, right on schedule but slept poorly at night. After a while we discovered they were teething. Sometimes poor sleeping is a syptom to something else. My girls when they had ear infections wouldn't sleep well either and showed no other symptoms like pulling on the ears, fever, etc.

User - posted on 08/14/2010

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i just have a 6 mos old baby girl and ever since she was 3 mos she was a good sleeper..i tried to make a pattern during night to make her know its bed time like giving a bath, feed, play music and rock her and when she sleeps put to her crib and she's fine..now whenever she cries she we let her cry like up to 5 mins thats the hard part but we give her a space and she's sleeping straight till 7-8-9 hrs..which give us quality sleep at night..God bless.

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