Can you help us get our kid to go back to sleep?
September 1, 2011 12:31 AM Subscribe
Can you help with our toddler's sleeping problems?
posted by hollyanderbody to Human Relations (27 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Lately, almost every night, our 2.5yo son wakes up in the middle of the night crying and won't go back to sleep. He cries for a long time. after a while it seems he's getting tired, and his crying is winding down, but suddenly he gets a second wind, and really renews his vigor and enthusiasm. My husband as a lower tolerance for it and will usually take him to the guest bed, turn on a movie, and they will both go back to sleep. I think he needs to learn how to go back to sleep without this "crutch" but I don't know how. I worry that it is now REQUIRED that Daddy take him to the guest bed to fall asleep again to a movie, and that it is an unhealthy habbit. I'm certain there is a book I should read, and I will, but can anyone help us now? Currently he's been screaming for about 20 minutes. He just went to the door (which he has trouble opening) for the third time. Each time I heard him go to the door, I went in and put him back to bed, and said "Bedtime" and left him to continue crying. (the first time I gave him a drink which he was crying for) I feel AWFUL! What is the right approach? If I let him up, and let him watch some tv (which will certainly stop the crying, and facilitate going back to sleep), won't I just be reinforcing this problem? Make that 4 times, and the crying is still going strong! Please Help?!