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My 2 1/2 year old is waking for 1-2 hours nightly! HELP!
« on: October 06, 2005, 15:07:18 pm »
We have a 2 1/2 year old who is wonderful, wonderful child. He has been waking up at night and can't seem to fall back asleep for 1-2 hours. Here is a typical night: Conar will wake up and come into my room asking for a drink. He is only allowed water (because I felt that maybe his waking up and asking for milk was part of the problem so I just eliminated it in the past week). I stay with him for about 10 minutes and let him know as 2 minutes approaches before I have to leave. Other than that I don't talk or have any conversation. If he tries to talk, I will just say, "It's time for night nights". When I try to leave, that is when the crying begins! I tell him that it is time for night nights and he is to stay in his room. I go into my room (which is all of 3 feet away) and listen. Inevitably he comes in the room crying for me or my husband. Without saying a word, we guide him back to his room. After he comes in 2 or 3 times, we tell him that if he is choosing to come out of this room then we will have to put the gate up. He hates this and so do we but if he comes out again we put it up. Of course he flips out. I go back into bed and tell him that if he calms down we will take the gate down. He usually does calm down enough and we take the gate down but then he starts crying again for a very long time.  :cry: He doesn't come out of his room - but he is crying loudly. We will say "It's night nights, we love you" from our bed but we only do that a couple of times because we dont want to engage in a whole conversation. 

We are so frustrated! I am expected a baby in 5 weeks and know that his insecurity could be coming from that, but how do I help him fall back asleep with doing more "accidental parenting"?? HELP! HELP! HELP!
Mother with 2 1/2 yr old and one in Nov! Having waking in the night issues!

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My 2 1/2 year old is waking for 1-2 hours nightly! HELP!
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2005, 16:05:05 pm »

Sorry to hear you're having a bit of a rough time right now!  Could you post back and tell us what a typical day looks like, does he nap still, what does his bedtime routine look like, how does he fall asleep, has this behaviour just started, has anything changed for him lately?

Sorry for all the questions, but it will just give a better view of what is maybe going on.

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My 2 1/2 year old is waking for 1-2 hours nightly! HELP!
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2005, 18:46:17 pm »
Hi, I also had posted about my 25month olds sleep issues at night. Check out my post.
If this is a fairly new issue with your son I would get a DR. to check him out. Turns out my son had a bad ear infection and the past two night since the antibiotics have been completed he has only woke a couple of times and went right back to sleep. If this issue has been going on a while post your daily routine as Elfin suggested.

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