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Sleeping For Toddlers / Re: 4 Years Old & Still Waking All Night
« Last post by kristeno on March 01, 2020, 00:25:51 am »
Thank you! It helps a lot to know that were not missing something, but that it could just be one of the things we've already been considering. She IS low sleep needs as well. Well try setting up a spot for her on our floor if she needs it for the future and maybe wake her up a little earlier in the mornings.
Sleeping For Toddlers / Re: 4 Years Old & Still Waking All Night
« Last post by Katet on February 28, 2020, 21:55:29 pm »
Four years old waking at night can be complicated. Mild pain from growing, some Separation Anxiety, habit, some fear from a previous experience.
Things like preschool/school can be factors too
The fact she sleeps well after busy days may also be that she's low sleep need and 11 hours is too long and she's not mentally and physically tired enough.
For me I'd be most inclined to think it's a separation anxiety link and for my children the best trick I found was to set up a couple of blankets and a pillow on the floor beside my bed and let said child (both did it)  come in and settle on the floor in our room...they both grew out of the need in a few weeks.
If he is screaming, I'd investigate health issues. I'd push for a Dr to properly check his ears and for gastro issues.
Until you can absolutely 100% rule out that there isn't a pain issue with sleep I wouldn't be looking at anything other than minimising being overtired. 
Does he sleep well in the day eg in a sling with you carrying him ?
Hello, I finished feverishly reading the book (Baby whisperer by Tracy Hogg) during every car ride where I have 5-10 min and while baby sleeps in the carrier and I'm trapped unable to sit down or put him down- you get the picture. I'll get to the point.  My son is 6 months and co sleeping with me and my husband (safely-following all guidelines) and I feel like we are getting to the point of waking each other up more often. Last time i tried to get my son sleeping independently was at 2 months and he woke up every 15 min all night for 3 nights straight in a bassinet in our room. He is as Tracy would say "grumpy" for first 2 months and now blossoming into a "spirited" baby. So I don't think we have gotten a single night of sleep without at least 3 wakeups. My husband has attempted to help a handful of times but ultimately isn't very good at it in the middle of the night he needs a few minutes to "wake up" before picking up the baby and maybe go to the bathroom first. So I end up wide awake in the meantime and get no extra sleep anyway. So I have done all the night wakings..
We tried Tracy's method of reassuring baby each time he cries in the middle of the night then putting him down and or backing up he went down each time pretty quickly but woke up anywhere from 5 min to 1 hour later. I think I went in >30 times. This was enough to make husband say alright he will sleep in our bed till he's 3 I give up! But honestly we are not getting great sleep that way either I feel like the only option is to teach him to fall asleep on his own so he has a chance of doing that when he wakes in the middle of the night. I question whether or not I am doing this right, if he is screaming and not just grunting fussing a little I should pick him up right? Or do some babys cry like that and still settle back down after a couple minutes on their own?
Sleeping For Toddlers / 2 Years & Can't Nail Down His Routine
« Last post by kristeno on February 26, 2020, 19:50:12 pm »
My son turns 2 tomorrow & is your average wild boy. He's silly, fearless, energetic, & exhausts himself everyday. He still naps well, eats well, & plays well, but I'm having a really hard time nailing down the routine change we're going through right now. I know that 2 is a HUGE developmental leap in almost every area, so I was prepared for it, but I just can't figure out what he needs in his routine. Help please?

7/730: WU & milk
8/830: Breakfast
11: Lunch
1215: Nap routine starts (quick clean up, change diaper, read book, fan/sound machine on, sing, pray, bed) He puts himself to sleep just fine
1230: Asleep (1.5-2 hours of sleep)
2/230: WU & milk
3: Snack
6: Dinner
645/7: Bath on alternating nights
*8: Bedtime routine begins (clean up, jammies, milk, brush teeth, read book, pray, sing, bed)
Talks to himself for awhile
Asleep between 830-915, never consistent.

*: We have tried extending the bedtime routine to help him really wind down because he can be rambunctious, especially when OT. However, it makes him much worse. He starts "twirling", or basically, gets a second wind. So we give them a 15 min bedtime routine front to back, not including the bath.

The time he falls asleep is never consistent. Whether or not he sleeps through the night is never consistent. When he does wake, he's content to be held for a min & put back in bed, as long as you sit next to his crib until he falls asleep again. We're not sure how to correct this either because he shares a room with his older sister who sometimes has night terrors. We've noticed that every once in awhile, when we have let him cry for a few min, she will wake up an hour later with a night terror.
Sleeping For Toddlers / 4 Years Old & Still Waking All Night
« Last post by kristeno on February 26, 2020, 19:38:20 pm »
My daughter is 4 years old and wakes all night long. We have no idea what is causing it or how to stop it. She wakes all the way up, comes into our room, wakes up my husband, & will only go back to sleep & stay in her room if he stays on her floor. It feels like we've tried everything, but it's tricky because she shares a room with her 2 year old brother. Is there a trick with this age? She does not care for incentives for bedtime. She falls asleep quickly every night & will sleep through the night only if she's dead tired -- like, if we went to the zoo for the entire day & didn't fall asleep in the car on the way home.

She typically wakes at 730A, no nap. Bedtime routine starts at 8P & both kids are typically asleep by 830P.
Naps / Short naps during the day
« Last post by KLambert on February 17, 2020, 21:13:57 pm »
Our son sleeps extremely well at night and during the day has been sleeping on us. He is now 16 weeks and we want him to be able to sleep on his own, in his cot during the day.
We have started this process by taking him into the nursery and shush-patting whilst he is on us to get him drowsy/asleep. We then transfer him into his cot. He will either wake immediately after being put down or sometimes will stay asleep but only for about 30-40 minutes and then is wide awake. We are aware he should be sleeping a little longer than this as he gets a little grouchy.

Thanks for your helpful comments in advance.
Having the same issues with my little guy. Did you find he fussed and cried a lot when you had to return him to bed? My little guy gets so heartbroken about the whole issue and gets really worked up.
Sleeping For Toddlers / Baby #3 on the way and toddler wont stay in bed!!! Help!
« Last post by Mommyadel on February 13, 2020, 07:39:24 am »
Im due in6 weeks and my son who we moved to a big boy bed in dec 2019
Was doing OK. These last 2 weeks he is up at least twice as soon as I put him down. ( we do a good wind down bedtime routine with him) and a few times in the night. I dont let
Him fall asleep when I am in the room I put him to bed sleepy and tired but awake. He has night lights in his room and still naps about 1 hr and 20 mins most days at his daycare.
The wakes right after bedtime are usually about going to the potty even though we go he gets in bed or wanting another song etc. Nuisance requests and at night he wants his feed rubbed or is cold or wants a song... he has had a growth spurt so we give him some meds before bed to help with that as I had bad growing pains as a child. He is up and ready for the day around 6 ish.
Do I need to cut his nap out altogether or is it something more? I know with the baby coming Im sure that has some okay in it but I need to snip this in the butt before babes come for my own sanity!!
He will be 3 May 1 and is a very spirited kid, he can go allllll day long without presenting he is tired but only because I know him, he is tired at the end of the day and can go from 100-0 in a few minutes

Please help!! He will be 3 in 
Sleeping For Toddlers / 16 months sleep help! Complex and multiple issues!
« Last post by Abbyw on February 07, 2020, 20:05:25 pm »
Hi, it's been a while since I've posted.
My 16 month old was never the easiest babe when it comes to sleep training. We had a good thing going for a while.
She was in her own room. Waking up a little on the early side between 6 and 6.30, naptime at the babysitter was at 11.30 and she slept for 1 hr 45 min. Bedtime was at 6.45 pm.

She started waking up between 10 and 12 pm every night on and off, my husband felt that she was scared to be in the room alone because she settled down when we left her door open.

I decided last week to put her in her sister's room. My DD1 just turned 3 and was thrilled with the idea. On the first night the baby cried once or twice and then settled. Thought we had it. Alas... the night waking went away for a day or 2 but she started waking up before 6 and waking DD1 and then the night waking started again.

So 1st question is it too soon for them to be sharing a room?
2nd question, is she sleeping too much during the day?
3rd: would w2s work to try get her out of the habit of waking up so early? She woke up a few days in at 6.45 but didnt do it again :(

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