My 2 year old gets up every morning at 5:30AM.

United States
August 13, 2008 7:08am CST
and she gets me up wanting a drink, a diaper change, dressed for the day, and something to eat. If I try to ignore her, she'll wake me up from about 5:30 AM and she'll finally go back to sleep about 7AM. By then I may as well get up. I've tried having her get in bed with us, she will for a minute. We also live a block from the railroad tracks, and everytime a train goes by, she comes into my room crying all hours of the night. I'll put her in bed with me, but then she'll get down and go back to her bed. I'm so tired of these restless nights. She doesn't have any medical problems, or developmental problems. She's a regular happy little girl. I don't let her take long naps, and I won't let her go to bed until 9 - 9:30PM, hoping she'd sleep in in the morning. She shares a room with her older sister, so I can't shut the door. Sometimes if I don't get up with her, she'll try getting one of her sisters up. Which can be comical at times. I have 3 daughters all together, and a small 3 Bedroom house. Does anyone have suggestions? And I won't make up excuses to ignore your responses. Thank you so much!!!
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@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
13 Aug 08
Wow, I know exactly how you feel. My daughter used to keep me up all the time at night. Now she wakes up nightly at 2am and just sits there crying. Why I don't know, it started not long ago. How about trying to turn on a humidifier- the white noise from the machine usually allows a child to sleep much better. My daughter has allergies so the humidifier helps her sleep better plus the white noise from the machine also helps her sleep deeper. The train, maybe you can move farther away from the train. Or if you don't want to move, try watching train movies with her. And try taking a trip and ride the train. THis will let her know the train makes loud noises but won't hurt her. Good luck and I hope you can sleep better soon.
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• United States
14 Aug 08
I love your idea!!! My daughter has allergies as well. Another mylotter suggested for me to use a fan for white noise, I'll try that tonight for starters, but I'll get her a humidifier on payday. I can't move from where I am, but I've had her to watch Thomas the train. She likes it, and I've taken her out to the front porch when the train goes buy. That doesn't bother her. It's only at night when the train scares her. Or if she is outside, and it kind of sneaks up on her then she gets scared. I also noticed today that she covers her ears when the train goes by. I'm going to have her ears checked. Thank you very much!!!
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Hi, allergies defintely can wake anybody up. It keeps me up too. Watching the train go by is a start. Next time you can try being on the train it does help them conquer their fear. My daughter used to be afraid of toilet and gradually we got her closer to the toilet, then we sat on the toilet and held her in our arms, and overtime she sat on the toilet lid for a few minutes etc. Now she is not afraid of it anymore. Good luck and I hope you get some sleep soon
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
13 Aug 08
That's a tough one. Looks like you have an early riser on your hand. If she only takes one nap a day, which at her age should only about 1 1/2 hours, and she still does this, you may have to consider moving. I know the train used to wake me up all the time, when we lived near the tracks. She seems to be a light sleeper like me and has trouble going back to sleep. First thing should be to stop taking her into bed with you. Explain, what the noise is all about, there is nothing to fear, and she should just turn over and go back to sleep. I think your paying attention to her waking up like this brought on the problem in the first place. She hasn't learned to go back to sleep by herself, when she wakes up. And sometimes you just need to let them cry it out. I know, it's hard not to pay attention, but at this age, she should know how to go back to sleep by herself. A little tough love is in order now. Why can't you shut the door just because she is in the same room with her older sister? That is no reason for us to keep the door open. They won't kill each other, lol. If you have doubts, maybe you should temporarily reassign sleeping arrangements and have her sleep in a room by herself until she is trained to sleep through the night. Don't let the kid control you, you control the child!
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• United States
13 Aug 08
Thank you very much for your input. I like your ideas, but I didn't want to close my door. I didn't want her to think she couldn't get to my room. Shutting her door, I do every night. She can open them. She had her own room up till just a few months ago. My step-daughter moved in with us. that's 4 girls in a 3 bedroom house. I can't make 3 girls sleep in the same room until Lilly is ready to share. She sleeps in bunk beds, on the bottom. My step-daughter is a very sound sleeper, she doesn't move around very much. I've got some other ideas from other mylotters I'm going to try. The train scares her, and I can't move, so I'm trying some white noise, I'm going to try to block out the early sunshine, and some rewards stuff. I can let her cry it out, but, she does share a room, she can open the door, she sleeps in a regular bed without rails, and I can't bring myself to stand in the hallway holding the door shut. That's just plain mean. LOL. I do want to thank you for your reply.
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
14 Aug 08
LOL, I didn't mean to keep your door shut. You stated she shares the room with her older sister, so you can't shut the door, which sounded like you couldn't close the door to their room. Our door is open at night, the kids' doors are closed, lol. I understand that a two-year-old is perfectly capable of opening doors anyway;) Anyhow, you still need to be firm and definitely not take her into your bed. Tuck her back into hers, tell her it's not time to get up yet, and she needs to stay in her bed. There will be a ruckus for a while from her and it may wake up the others, but it will only be temporary. She is stuck in a rut, and unless you are firm, it won't help. BTW, having lived near a traintrack I know that white noise will not do much, but you can certainly give it a try. My guess is they blow the whistle and that wakes her up, or the brakes squeek. She needs to learn that it is nothing that can harm her. Turn over, continue sleeping. She'll get used to it, if you don't baby her every time she gets up.
@sharay (2778)
• India
13 Aug 08
I know how you must be feeling because i had the same problem with my daughter not after she was 2 years, but right from birth, she never slept at night...and after she was a year old, that became even worse, she wouldnt let us sleep, like you said, she was a healthy child too...but we had a lot of trouble making her go abck to sleep once she wakes in the early morning, but then it gradually decreased after she was 2 years and now she is 3 and now, she very ocasionally does that about once in a month or so...so, i think the habit would change itself and we need not do anything special to change them
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• United States
14 Aug 08
I keeping hoping this also!!! It's been only a few months, but it seems like an eternity. Thank you for your input.
@Elixiress (3893)
13 Aug 08
Maybe you could put her to bed a little later, maybe at 10 or 10:30 and this may mean that you get an hour more in bed making it 6:30AM. Also maybe before bed play games with her to make her more tired and this will hopefully make her sleep longer.
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• United States
14 Aug 08
I have to be up late tonight to wait on a little girl I'm babysitting tonight. I'll make her stay up. I'm willing to do just about anything at this time. Thank you!!!
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
13 Aug 08
It appears that your doing just about every thing that you can o get her to sleep. Some kids are just early risers. Living beside a rail road track has got to be difficult with the noise. I suggest that you try what is called white noise. I have a small 10 inch fan that make a humming noise to keep out the sounds of traffic on the street and the barking of neigh hood dogs. This might shut out the noise of the trains. This might let her sleep through the night it also might let her sleep latter in the morning too. You should be able to get one for about $15 or less at Wal-mart
• United States
13 Aug 08
She has a ceiling fan I keep on. I like the fan idea, I'll get one in the morning. Maybe that'll be more noise for her. I have one in my camper I'll try first. This is a great idea. I'll add it to my list. Thank you very much!!!
@maximax8 (27048)
13 Aug 08
I suggest making your two year old daughter really tired before she goes to sleep. How about buying her a small trampoline? Then she could bounce away for ages in the evening getting really tired. Get blackout curtains for her room then she won't wake when she sees daylight. Ask you daughters to stay really quiet until the alarm clock goes off at a convenient time for you to get up, perhaps 7am. If your 2 year old daughter sleeps in reward her with something pleasant like a fun sing song. If she wakes up at 5.30 care for her but stay silent, you should only begin speaking at 7am. Then she should soon get the message. Good luck.
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• United States
13 Aug 08
Believe it or not, we have a huge trampoline. My older girls are tumblers. She gets to bounce away. We spend lots of time outdoor before bed. Then we bathe and read, and beddy by time. I don't have trouble getting her there, it's keeping her there. I love your idea of the blackout blinds!!! Her room is on the East side of the house. There aren't any trees, etc to block the light. I also moved the bird feeders. They were next to the window so when she was in a crib, she could watch the birds. My other girls aren't early risers, so I really don't have to worry about them waking her in the morning. But I also like the rewards idea. I reward the girls for everything else, I don't know why I didn't think of this one. I LOVE IT!!!! I also like the tough love idea. Just strickly business until 7AM!!! Thank you for your input. I wrote it down. I have to take notes in order to get anything done. LOL. TY!!!!
@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
13 Aug 08
Wow.. that must be very frustrating! If the trains are waking her up, how about playing soothing music for her when she is sleeping to drown out the noise? I was also going to say keep her up later, but I can see that you are already doing that. Maybe if you put a sippy cup next to her bed and tell her that if she wakes up she can get herself a drink and then she needs to go back to sleep. Tell her if she goes back to sleep without waking anyone else up you will reward her. You could make a chart and put stickers on for the night she sleeps all night. After one week, take her to the dollar store and let her pick a prize. Sometimes bribery works well.
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• United States
13 Aug 08
I haven't thought about music. I like this idea. She shares a room with the sister that has to have the TV on, and you'd think that would work. I got to thinking that the flashy light from the TV plus the noise from the train isn't almost traumatising. It'd be scary. The music, or white noise, with out the flashy TV might work. Thank you very much. I'll take a note. (If I don't write it down, it won't get done. LOL.) Have a great week!!! TY
• Singapore
14 Aug 08
My daughter goes through different seeping patterns over the months and I have to adapt to it. There are times when she wakes up at 6.30am and I think that that is already early enough. Last month she slept at 10pm and wakes up at 7am. Has your daughter been doing this for a long time or is it just a phase, you think? You said she went back to sleep at 7am. What time does she wake up after that? So she takes 2 naps in the day, I presume? If that's the case, maybe you can cut it down to 1 nap, then she'll sleep longer at night. We live near the train tracks too, but my daughter is oblivious to it already. But if it is very close to the time she needs to wake, she will open her eyes wide and won't sleep anymore. I will curse at the trains for that, especially when they honk loudly just when they pass our place One other thing is that my daughter sleeps with me. Maybe your daughter still wants to stay close to you and wakes you up for attention.
• United States
14 Aug 08
[I don't know how to post sorry] But you could try playing with her at late night that way she'll be sleepy in the morning :)
@lyzabelle (1669)
• Philippines
14 Aug 08
We had the same experienced before when my son is only two years old. Thankfully it only last for two months then his sleeping habits change. Now I can sleep peacefully the whole evening.
• United States
14 Aug 08
Music, a movie, or white noise are my only suggestions. I have two-year-old nephew who can be hard to deal with at times, but I just pop in a video and the kid goes to sleep. Sometimes it takes a while, but as long as he goes to sleep and sleeps for the whole night, I am not going to complain. Your daughter has older sisters, and remember that your other daugthers might be a big influence on her behavior. Younger children, sometimes, tend to grow up faster than the older children because they are always trying to catch up to them. She could be seeing things or having night terrors too that she is not telling you about. You never know.
• Australia
14 Aug 08
From my experiences it matters not keeping your child up later, they still wake at the same time. Take turns with your husband to wake before 5am, change your daughters diaper, give her a bottle of cooled boiled water, and keep at it until you feel there is improvement. I found that if you change the child while it sleeps or is half awake, they tend to settle quickly feeling comfortable again.