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  1. RaeJean T. says

    My 2 1/2 yr old daughter SUDDENLY stopped sleeping thru the night at the beginning of Nov.(it’s now FEB!) No environment changes, no illnesses, no poddy issues, no nightmares, not on the bottle anymore. Room temperature and humidity levels are good. She goes to sleep fine but wakes up 1-4 times a night asking for milk in her sippy cup. If she doesn’t get it, the crying and screaming starts. I’ve put a sippy with water in her toddler bed and told her why it’s there. But she doesn’t want it. She wants milk. She eats well all day and I’ve started watering her milk down so maybe it’s not as tasty and she’ll stop asking for it. I’ve even tried soft music on all night. Nothing is working and I’m so exhausted I can’t fully enjoy her during the day. I don’t know what else to do.

  2. Maraleze says

    Hallo! This was a very interesting read as my little one is now 19 mnths old. I have a question: He was sick and our routine was a bit odd with us moving house etc. We then made the fault to go to bed with him. Now I am pregnant again and we would like him to get in the routine of going to bed on his own again. We are struggling a bit with this one and he screams when we want to put him to bed. We did buy him a nightlight to help with the dark. Any other ideas? Crying it out, going on with going to bed with him???????

  3. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Rajani — if your doctor is okay with Melatonin, then that’s something you could consider. Of course, you need to be comfortable with it, too! But if it’s been approved by your doctor, then you can probably consider it safe.

    In terms of helping your daughter sleep better — it sounds like sleep has never been an easy thing for her. It also sounds like you’ve tried to work on the problem yourself, with the help of books, but to no avail.

    Have you considered a sleep consultation? (https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/) These can be a great solution for those parents for whom the “do it yourself” sleep training solutions don’t work.

    Just something to consider. Let us know what you ends up working for you, Rajani! 🙂

  4. Rajani says

    I don’t have a good sleeper, she has never been. Ferberizing thrice has been in vain and now the idea to put her down is by sitting besides her crib till she dozes off. She is 18 months old and is put to bed at 7:30. At times she goes to sleep easily, at times she takes hours to sleep. She gets up once on a good day, twice thrice on a bad day but worst nights are when she gets up and she is “UP” for hours in row, until I give her Benadryl. I feel helpless. She takes one 2 hour nap at 12:00 and is a fairly good napper. I have no idea if she has any medical issues (doc says she is good) or routine issues or what. My Ped recommends giving her “Melatonin” and I am not comfortable. He recommends “Ferber”. I can not do anymore of the crying. Any suggestion/advice is helpful. I have read many of ur books, played with sleep time a lot, seems like nothing works for us…..Do you advice “Melatonin” to a 18 month old??

  5. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Amy — if the early rising is the only issue, you may want to try the Shifting Schedules e-book (https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-waking-too-early/) That book is written specifically for babies and toddlers who are struggling with late bedtimes or early rising.

    Then again, if your son is struggling with other sleep issues, too, you may want to try the toddler book. It covers a wider range of sleep topics.

    Hope this helps!

    @ Kirstie — if you’re finding your son’s schedule is a bit backwards, you might want to try the Shifting Schedules e-book, too: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-waking-too-early/. It talks about how to cure late bedtimes/early rising. May be just the thing you need to get your son on a better sleep schedule.

    Let us know what ends up working for you! And thanks for commenting.

  6. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Frannie — to my (untrained) eye, it looks like you’re handling this well! It could definitely be the 18 month regression hitting a bit early. Or teeth. Or the onset of a cold. I know none of that is very comforting, though. 🙁 Since it sounds like your daughter is normally a great sleeper, I imagine this is a phase. Maybe try to ride it out a little longer? If you get totally overwhelmed, though, and want help, you could always try a basic sleep consultation (https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/) You seem like you have all the fundamentals of healthy sleep down pat, so you might just need someone to walk you through this particular bump in the road.

    So sorry you and your little girl are struggling, Frannie! Let us know how this turns out.

    @ Jennifer — “back to basics” sounds like a good plan! In truth, you’ll probably have to do this many more times before your son is grown. Nicole wrote a post recently about having to “re-train” her oldest son (who’s in first grade), after he got into the habit of refusing to go to bed due to being afraid.

    Thanks for commenting, Jennifer! Let us know how your back to basics plan works out. 🙂

  7. Kirstie says

    My 2 and a bit year old is so tired at night, sits so quietly nearly asleep until we put him to bed. And then BAM! He’s suddenly wide awake and stays awake for 1-2 hours! He’s so tired the next day but we just don’t know how to get him to sleep. He goes to bed at 7pm, would it be worthwhile putting him to bed later? It’s like he gets his second (or third) wind at bedtime. Actually, he’s tired all morning and then he’s much more awake in the afternoon/evening. I need to swap that around!

  8. Amy says

    Hi–Will the toddler ebook address difficulty getting your child to stay in bed in the morning? I have a 2 1/2-year old who goes to sleep around 8 and sleeps until around 5. At first we thought he was just done sleeping, but his attitude and later morning crankiness makes it clear he really needed to go back to sleep. He calls for us to come into his room when he wakes up, but he refuses to go back to sleep, even if we suggest he come into our bed with us. Thanks for your help!

  9. Jennifer says

    This article could not have come at a better time. We are currently having sleep problems with our two and a half-year old and have been trying to decide if there was a problem or it was just a phase he was going through. Truthfully he has never been a great sleeper, but I think we may have gotten derailed over the holidays, followed by an illness, and have never quite gotten back on track. Looks like we need to start over with the basics and go from there!

  10. Frannie says

    I need help! 🙂 I’ve used your website since my little girl was born and your schedules and articles have been priceless for us. By simply using your strategies I think I’ve avoided any serious sleep issues. Until now. She is 16 months old and the last month sleep has been pretty bad (for us, at least, we are used to sleeping!). She goes to bed by 7 pm, and used to be up between 6:30 and 7 am, with no significant night wakings. She has also recently transitioned to one nap around 12, that lasts for 60-90 minutes. She used to wake up, fuss or talk, but go back to sleep on her own quickly. For the last month, she has been waking up between 1-4 times most nights and might be up for an hour, crying and restless. This week she’s woken up at 5 am three mornings in a row and won’t go back to sleep. In the beginning, I would check on her, to be sure she wasn’t too hot/cold/wet, etc. Now I just let her cry, so I’m not reinforcing any night wakings. I am just at a loss. Eventually she goes back to sleep and so do I, but we’re losing precious night sleep. I think some of this was due to teeth, she got 6 teeth at once over the last few weeks, but they all seem to be in now and we’re still having the night wakings. I’ve tried putting her to bed earlier, as this is what I would have done before, thinking the night wakings were about being overtired. Maybe I just didn’t put her down early long enough? Maybe she needs a later bedtime? I’m SO confused. She goes right to sleep at 7pm and seems tired. If I try to put her down early she usually cries and tosses and turns for 30 minutes or so and then still wakes at night. Any suggestions? Are we going through the 18 month sleep regression early? I should note, she’s not often “screaming,” more of a restless cry. At the beginning, if I would go in, she would want to cuddle or play and would settle right down, so it made me think there was nothing “wrong.” Thanks for any advice!!