Pre-toddler Sleeping Problems

@glords (2615)
United States
September 21, 2008 12:44pm CST
Help!!! My son has stopped sleeping. He once was an excellent sleeper. The perfect child who would fall asleep instantly and sleep soundly through the night. Then after a few bad ear infections, tubes, and a new found sense of balance and regained hearing, he will NOT nap. He refuses to get in his crib. He wakes several times in the night and will not go back to sleep for at least 3 hours. I am now a zombie mom. Please Help!!! He is only 15 months old, and can not be reasoned with.
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@gemini_rose (16193)
21 Sep 08
I think you know, that this is a normal thing for toddlers to go through although for the life of me I do not know why. I have four children and three of them have been through this, my daughter who is now 2 was probably the worst of them all and she would wake up at the same time every night around midnight on and she would then be awake until about 3am. And she never had a nap in the day either, and she went from being a really happy soul to really miserable and up until then she had been an excellent sleeper. I tried everything to get her back into a routine, reading to her, cuddles, leaving her, getting her up, getting her in bed with us and nothing worked. She suffers with exzcema and I think initially it was that which had got her into the habit of waking up at this time, her skin was itchy so it woke her, I managed to get that under control but the habit had stuck so it was breaking the habit. Eventually I heard about a new calpol product called calpol night that contained something that makes them sleep and I bought that, I am not one for giving my kids medicines but I had a work with the doc and she said there was no reason not too as long as I did not use it all the time so I did and it worked and she is now back into a routine. But it is hard when they do this especially as I had other children to get up to and get them to school.
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@glords (2615)
• United States
21 Sep 08
I am so glad to hear that this is normal. I was thinking perhaps there was something medically wrong with him, such as sleep apnea. I'd never heard of Calpol, but I'll defiantly check it out.
• Philippines
29 Sep 08
its a stage that a every mom really should make it though. we tried and ask different techniques or advises yet its not working. it will pass. soon you will be rewarded and deserved a sleep you wanted to. just be patience and stretched your patience to the limit. experts may advise tips but nature will take its course. just dont hurt the baby if your out of patient. anyway sleepiness will come unexpected to your son.
@glords (2615)
• United States
29 Sep 08
Thanks for the advice. I have a pile of sleeping books piled up next to me, and I was just trying to think of a plan of action, but perhaps I'll just wait it out. Do you have any idea how long I'll be waiting?