I have a 19 month old who still doesnt sleep through the night.

Megan - posted on 12/15/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )




My son has epilepsy but it is controlled. He still gets up every couple hours and I have a hard time getting him back to sleep. Any ideas on how I can get him to sleep through the night?


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Britany - posted on 12/18/2010




I have a 4 year old that still doesn't sleep through the night. We have tried everything from cry it out to taking him back to his room. Nothing has worked. We do allow him to come into our room and he sleeps on the floor or the end of the bed. He doesn't wake us he just plops himself down. I personally feel that some kids just don't sleep for so many hours consecutively. It more a matter of teaching them how to cope and get back to sleep on their own without waking the rest of the house. I really do feel for you. I don't know how you feel about him in your room, but it made all the difference for our house. Set up a blanket or sleeping bag at the end of the bed and teach him to go there without waking you. Some kids just don't sleep well alone. If he does sleep fine alone just take him back to his room and teach him to go back to sleep on his own. Do what works for your family.

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Sorry to do this to you Megan, but my first daughter didn't sleep through till she was 5! She hasn't got epilepsy - how would that make any difference? - but I do. Her first daughter didn't sleep through till she was nearly 3, her 15 month old twins are still not very good sleepers! maybe it's a family thing?
My second daughter was sleeping through by the time she was about 4 months, but with my third daughter it was about 12 months - it varies.
They all got there. Some kids like being awake.

Chanda - posted on 12/16/2010




My 3 year old is Autistic. I had a TERRIBLE time getting him to sleep through the night. I had never entertained the "cry it out" method, but it worked. He now sleeps through the night. Good luck

Cat - posted on 12/16/2010




Do the stay in bed technique...

1) When he comes out to you, take him back to his bed and just say "it's bedtime darling/sweetheart (or whatever you call him)" and put him into bed.
2) second time he comes out, take him back and just say "it's bedtime"
3) each time after this, you simply take him back to bad - and say NOTHING.

As soon as he realises that he is not getting a response from him getting out of bed, he will give up.

The only downside to this is that it can take quite a few repetitions of taking him back to bed without saying anything - to get him to stay there, but it does work. Just takes a bit of patience.

Kirstin - posted on 12/15/2010




Do you have a noise machine? My son has a noise machine by homedics that i bought at Kolhs. It has 5 sounds and 3 projection options, I have found that the rain setting eases our nights ten fold. Good luck!

Tina - posted on 12/15/2010




Time!!! All three of my children did this. I was never one to let them cry. But I have found that around that 2 - 2.5 age they do get much better. Stick with it.. keep on trying to get him back to sleep in his bed. I think its just a need they have to feel close to us... its a mom thing! It will get better I promise!! These days will go much faster than we would like them too!

April - posted on 12/15/2010




I have a 23 month old who turns 2 next week...he has never slept through the night either. I nurse him down easily but at least one of those times, it will take up to 40 minutes to get him asleep again. Sometimes children don't sleep through the night until they are 3 years old.

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