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    Tips for a toddler who suddenly stopped sleeping.

    We have a 23 month old who up until last week, we could put down for bed/nap no problem. All of the sudden last week when we put him down, he will literally scream all night if we let him. He will scream until he's horse or throws up. The only way we've been able to get him to sleep is to stay in his room literally for hours. Same thing with naps. He will no longer take a nap. We've tried a lot of different methods, but nothing has worked. It is taking a toll on the family, so I'm open to any tips/tricks. TIA!


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    Re: Tips for a toddler who suddenly stopped sleeping.

    No tips, but misery loves company. My two year old son is making the switch from crib to toddler bed. Last night was the worst so far as he screamed from midnight til three in the morning.

    Good luck to you.



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    Re: Tips for a toddler who suddenly stopped sleeping.

    Quote Originally Posted by mj4cy View Post
    We have a 23 month old who up until last week, we could put down for bed/nap no problem. All of the sudden last week when we put him down, he will literally scream all night if we let him. He will scream until he's horse or throws up. The only way we've been able to get him to sleep is to stay in his room literally for hours. Same thing with naps. He will no longer take a nap. We've tried a lot of different methods, but nothing has worked. It is taking a toll on the family, so I'm open to any tips/tricks. TIA!
    If he's fighting the nap, skip the nap. Maybe he will be tired enough not to put up a fight at bedtime.


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    Re: Tips for a toddler who suddenly stopped sleeping.

    Quote Originally Posted by jbindm View Post
    No tips, but misery loves company. My two year old son is making the switch from crib to toddler bed. Last night was the worst so far as he screamed from midnight til three in the morning.

    Good luck to you.

    We haven't even tried the big bed yet. Maybe we should since the nights suck anyways.


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    Re: Tips for a toddler who suddenly stopped sleeping.

    Yeah, try skipping the nap.



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    Re: Tips for a toddler who suddenly stopped sleeping.

    See your pediatrician. There is a reason they call it the "terrible twos," and he may have just learned to control you. Still, see your pediatrician.



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    Re: Tips for a toddler who suddenly stopped sleeping.

    That is tough. No good advice for that age. Hopefully it is a short phase.

    Just don't do this! Ohio day care worker put drugs in pancakes to make kids sleep, police say - Washington Times



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    Re: Tips for a toddler who suddenly stopped sleeping.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brad4Cyclones View Post
    That is tough. No good advice for that age. Hopefully it is a short phase.

    Just don't do this! Ohio day care worker put drugs in pancakes to make kids sleep, police say - Washington Times
    Definitely don't do that. Use waffles.



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    Re: Tips for a toddler who suddenly stopped sleeping.

    I have a kid that doesn't sleep well. We have a sleep specialist that we see about once a year. Based on what he had told us.....
    Skip the nap, your kid is about the she that many give up nap time, even if they still need it.
    Get a good night time routine. Children love consistency. Bath, pajamas, story, sleep...
    If you have a good routine that isn't working, allow your child to stay up a bit later to fix bad sleep patterns. My son wakes up a lot at night. Sometimes we have to keep him up later to force out night wakings.
    If none of that works try melatonin. We get capsules at an organic foods store, 3mg I think, pop them open with a bit of water in a syringe about 10 minutes before you want them down. It is an effective way of regulating the first 4 hours of the sleep cycle and makes them really tired quickly.



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    Re: Tips for a toddler who suddenly stopped sleeping.

    Is he learning anything big developmentally? A lot of time sleep disruptions happen at developmental milestones, such as learning to crawl, really picking up talking (which a lot of times blossoms around age 2), etc.

    This book is by an author who does a really good job at finding an adaptive sleep solution that works for both the child and the parent in the gentlest way possible. Coincidentally, I think it may be the only "sleep help" book on the market for toddlers:

    The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Gentle Ways to Stop Bedtime Battles and Improve Your Child's Sleep: Elizabeth Pantley, Harvey Karp: 9780071444910: Amazon.com: Books

    It's not just a "quick fix," it's more of a system, but hopefully it might help.


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    Re: Tips for a toddler who suddenly stopped sleeping.

    Quote Originally Posted by MNclone View Post
    I have a kid that doesn't sleep well. We have a sleep specialist that we see about once a year. Based on what he had told us.....
    Skip the nap, your kid is about the she that many give up nap time, even if they still need it.
    Get a good night time routine. Children love consistency. Bath, pajamas, story, sleep...
    If you have a good routine that isn't working, allow your child to stay up a bit later to fix bad sleep patterns. My son wakes up a lot at night. Sometimes we have to keep him up later to force out night wakings.
    If none of that works try melatonin. We get capsules at an organic foods store, 3mg I think, pop them open with a bit of water in a syringe about 10 minutes before you want them down. It is an effective way of regulating the first 4 hours of the sleep cycle and makes them really tired quickly.
    This is great advice - lying down about an hour early and having "quiet time" is a great solution. Just read books, talk softly, etc. to prepare for bed.

    The one thing I would add is that make sure to consult a sleep specialist before using melatonin, as MNclone did. It's not recommended for the majority of the population unless there are severe issues going on: Melatonin Not Recommended for Children or Teens as Sleep Aid


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    Re: Tips for a toddler who suddenly stopped sleeping.

    Routine, routine, routine. Also a cold room - it also prepares them for cold air racks in college.



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    Re: Tips for a toddler who suddenly stopped sleeping.

    consistency is huge. two things we found with my daughter:

    Her normal snack before bed was an apple. Seems harmless enough, until we read that apples / apple juice behave similar to caffeine in terms of energy boost. So we changed to crackers / milk or water. That made a difference quickly.

    The second big thing was TV. We always let her watch one of her shows before reading her a story in bed. We cut out the TV and switched it with a puzzle and the change was immediate. Went to bed so much easier.

    Hope that helps, even a little



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    Re: Tips for a toddler who suddenly stopped sleeping.

    We had this issue with two of our daughters. They went a couple nights screaming and drove us nuts, but when they figured out we weren't budging, they would fight it a bit and then fall right to sleep. We would put them the bed and then leave them crying for about 5 minutes........ Then we would go in calmly and tell them it was time to go to sleep and then leave........wait 5-10 minutes and repeat until they finally cried themselves to sleep. First night or two sucked but got better after that and then it wasn't much of an issue.

    If you pick them up and take them out of the room for anytime at all, you just reinforced the deal. We would go in but wouldn't pick them up and it worked for us. You might even try to get a wind up music/noise maker that might help settle their nerves. Consistent same bedtime ritual and possibly reading him a book every night before bed might help too. Putting them to bed one night at 7:30 and then trying it at 10:00 the next night done help.

    Might not hurt to take them to your pediatrician like was mentioned above though just in case they are crying because they are getting acid reflux or something like that. Rule that out and just set your mind that you are going to win your first discipline battle with them..........Believe me, it gets tougher as they get older.

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    Re: Tips for a toddler who suddenly stopped sleeping.

    Our son started sleeping terribly at about 18 months for no apparent reason. It is very tough. By age three or so he was okay, but not good. Now at 4 will still very routinely take an hour to fall asleep and will get out of bed 2-3 times each night for the first hour or so. (Last night went right to sleep - keeping fingers crossed!)

    One of the problems is that every track you try might work and might suck. For example, skipping nap might make him over-tired, which then can make it harder to go to sleep.

    The only real advice I can give is to generate a bed-time routine and stick to it. Every night. I would try being very regimented about this for two weeks or so, including start time and exact sequence of three or four events in succession that he will learn to know means bedtime is next (e.g., bath, pjs on, brush teeth, story in bed, lights out). Try to also make a plan for what you will do if he doesn't go to sleep and stick to that as well (e.g., first time you will go in after 20 minutes and be good cop, but then the second time after 20 more minutes it's time for bad cop and taking away pillow - yes we have done this).

    Is this straight refusal to go to sleep? Because ours also starting getting night terrors, which is completely different!



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