How do I get my son to start sleeping through the night, he is almost 16 months?

Amanda - posted on 05/30/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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He still wakes up between two and three times a night and the third time he wakes up the only thing that will get him to go back to sleep is to for him to get in bed with me. I am a single mom who has tried everything including letting him cry but he will cry for hours and not cry himself back to sleep. What do I do? I have to get up and go to work in the morning.

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Yvonne - posted on 07/19/2009

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My girl still wakes up sometimes but I have gotten her to take a lovey. She has a special blanket she can take to bed and it comforts her. And I have enough light coming into the room so it is never really dark. We keep the tv on till late then turn it off so there is background noise. (not loud though). And before bed I read a story to her. I think it is all these things together that help. My girl never did the crying to sleep thing either, she would cry for hours.

Amy - posted on 07/19/2009

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I know this might sound weird but put a blue light bulb in the night lamp.I heard this from a couple of people and it works for my daughter who is now 5. She wakes up with nosebleeds and needs to see and it does not give off alot of shadows that might be scary.I usually stick with blue and do not recommend red(scary). Be sure to try it before they use it all night to make sure the color is soft not overpowering.

Michelle - posted on 07/17/2009

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I hve to say that after three childre the controlled crying technique worked every time for me .Every baby book has one or just google it .Good luck..

Tina - posted on 07/16/2009

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My daughter is going to be 4 and has never slept through the night???? She has always eaten right, taken baths with that calming soap and lotion, she has always had symphony music playing (lullibies) and I have no idea. I guess some kids don't.



Even when I would hold her nap off so she would be sooo tired she actually was worse and then she would have night terrors

Michelle - posted on 07/15/2009

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Both of my boys were sleeping by 9 every night and through the night by 4 months. Try not letting him take a nap after 4pm, that way he doesnt get any sleep before bed, and wear him out in that time. Then give him a nice warm bath and read a book. If he seems a little hungry after dinner then give him a filling snack, somthing like fruit or a piece of bread with butter or jelly. No Junk food, they wont help fill him. I also didnt allow my kids juice after 6pm. And try your hardest not to let him sleep in your room with you. It may suck to hear him cry but hopefuly he will start sleeping through the night. Hopefully this helps

Michelle - posted on 07/15/2009

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I agree with the music/ night light. All kids are different, I was a single mom with my daughter also, so i understand needing the sleep. Try giving him more to eat, he may be waking because he's still hungry!

Sinead - posted on 07/15/2009

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hi my daughter is 5mths old and shares a room wiv her 8yr old sister when she first went in thier room she was fine but then started to cry when we went to bed it was a couple ov days lata when we realised that it was because i was turning the bathroom light off !! she is scared ov the dark even at such a young age so i totaly agree wiv the nyt light .. although it may be hard to get him outa the habit ov wantin ur bed stick wiv it it will be worth it in the end they say it takes 3 nyts to make them realise u mean it !!lol good luck x

Sara - posted on 06/01/2009

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"How to Solve your Child's Sleep Problems" by Richard Ferber. It's a great book and has a lot of useful info in it. Get it, it will help you.

Audrie - posted on 05/31/2009

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I agree with the music...my daughter is not as old as your son, but when she was waking up in the middle of the night, I would turn on her music (attached to the crib) and she would go back to sleep. When she woke up again a few hours later, that is when I would feed her. I also have a fan turned on in the room and a nightlight (not sure if she really needs it; it's really more for me so I can see her). It took a couple of weeks, but eventually she started to sleep through the night.

Carrie - posted on 05/30/2009

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Is he in his own room? I so I would try soothing music and a night lite...maybe he's afraid of the dark...and if he started out in the bed with you when he was an infant thats the hardest to break but you can't let him in the bed!!!

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