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Toddler sleep problems 
22nd-Oct-2007 10:43 pm
beatrice
With a 2 month old in tow, I didn't think I'd be posting here again about D who is now a bit over 2 years old. But our sleep problems seem to have resurfaced.

When I became pregnant with M, we decided that we would move D out of the cot early so he wouldn't feel displaced and had enough time to get used to his bed. He was probably a year and half old when we moved him to a single bed and he did really well. We dismantled the cot and moved it to the garage so there was well and truly enough time for him to forget about it.

Around 2 to 3 months ago he figured out that he could get out of his bed. The first night he got out of bed around 30 times before he finally settled back down. Ever since there hasn't been a night where he hasn't gotten out of bed at least a couple of times before settling down to sleep.

We thought we were making progress in that in the last week or so he'd only get out of bed once or twice before settling. The last two nights however have been horrendous. Tonight he screamed almost non-stop from 8.30 to 10.30pm until finally my husband just went in and laid down next to him to get him to sleep.

I rang Karitane for advice around a month ago and they suggested that we do pretty much what we've been doing: just take him back to bed and say "go back to bed, it's time to sleep now". Eventually he'd get bored and/or get the message and he'd be going straight to sleep at night, or at least not calling out for us or getting out of bed.

Well, we've been doing that consistently now for two months and we're still doing it. Tonight was absolutely heartbreaking.

He has quite time starting from his bath at around 7.30 followed by storytime and then "sleep". Any ideas on how we can get D back into his sleep routine and settled at night?
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