children

Australia
February 27, 2007 3:54pm CST
Can anyone help me here I have a three year old daughter who has been waking up in the nights ever since she was born and she still wakes up during the night either just to have a cry or because she had a bad dream. It is getting to me as I constantly need to wake up to calm her down is there anything that I can do to stop this or do I just put up with it.
4 responses
• Australia
28 Feb 07
HI I have a son who is three soon in May. I can relate to this speific problem. I have three boys. However, with my youngest one, he is always waking up for a drink, or cuddle, sometimes that I feel that he is scared of the dark. Maybe gently talk to her, with a book or something, or even drawing if you can. and see what relate with her sleeping habits and what is scaring her. Then you can reassure her that everything is ok. I usually tell my son, there are plenty of pretty angels is looking down and looking after us. Cuddling him and letting him know I am here and that everything is ok. Let me know if my suggestion was useful. As I am happy to help this, as I have at least once or twice having to get my son in the night still!!!. I let you know what method or any site that may be of a help to you. Look forward to be in touch.
• United States
28 Feb 07
My 6 year old sleeps like a champ and I have no clue why. My 3 year old won't sleep for anything. I put him to bed and he gets up. He sleeps for a while and gets up. And then stays up. I don't know how to stop him, but I am here for ya. You are not alone.
@mbizmom (237)
• United States
27 Feb 07
Does your daughter have a nightlight? She may be waking up in the middle of the night and becoming disoriented in the dark which makes her cry. You may also try sleeping with one of her favorite toys for a few nights so that it has your smell on it and then putting it in her bed as a comfort smell. I also believe they make a bear that you can record a personal message on to be replayed when squeezed, that way if she wakes up in the middle of the night she could turn to this bear for comfort and you might get some extra sleep. Unfortunately, my son is three and still sleeps in my bed so I'm right there everytime he wakes up. Hope this helps.
@patgalca (14664)
• Orangeville, Ontario
27 Feb 07
I don't know as I can help you but my now 10 year old did not sleep through the night until she was three years old. Unfortunately I can't remember what she did when she woke up in the middle of the night, whether she cried or what. I did realize, however, that painting her room yellow before she was born was the wrong thing to do. Yellow is an energy colour, like the sun. Don't ever pain a bedroom yellow as it stimulates creativity. I hope your daughter gets over it soon. My same daughter also wore diapers to bed until she was six and refused to go to the bathroom at school so came home with wet pants every day. All children are different and I think every one of them has some kind of quirk or another. My 13 year old daughter sucked her thumb until she was 11. She took it onto herself to quit and did without any coaching or cheerleading because we didn't even know she was doing it. Is your child experiencing some stres in the household that might cause her to have bad dreams or feelings of insecurity? Something else to think about.