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Who Needs Sleep?

My husband and I have been walking around in a haze the past week or so. We’re having sleep issues at my house. My almost two year old has been skipping naps and/or waking up in the middle of the night or very early morning and we’ve had no luck getting him back to sleep. We’ve always felt very lucky that he taught himself to go to sleep at night and at nap time. When he was a baby, we never had to read sleep books or debate whether to let him “cry it out” or not.

Now, I’m beginning to wonder if that is all going to change. For the past week or so he’s either skipped his afternoon nap (his choice, not ours) and was a mess by 5:00 p.m., or has been up for several hours during the night. We’ve tried letting him cry and going in at intervals to calm him down, keeping him in his crib and rubbing his back, and taking him into bed with one or both of us. This has been the only thing that works…for him. When it’s my “turn” to get up with him during the night and we end up in the guest bed together, I spend the night making sure he’s not falling off or close to getting my pillow over his face. Needless to say, between these restless nights and having a newborn to tend to as well, I’m tired.

3 comments

  1. Anonymous July 20, 2009 at 8:42 am

    We had to go the "cry it out" route with my daughter when she was 7 months and then again when she was 2 and bedtime routine had gotten out of control. It was MUCH harder on me emotionally when she was 2 than when she was an infant. But I have to say, neither time took more than 3 or 4 nights and for us I cannot argue with the results. Bedtime struggles are so incredibly stressful for me and her, so my husband and I vow to each other to enforce the current routine and not succumb to the slow creep of "one more song, one more book, etc." It is understandably not for everyone, but it really really really is for their good and yours when it's what your situation calls for.

  2. Anonymous July 24, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    I noticed that you mentioned you have a newborn, and was wondering if maybe this is the cause of your son's sleeping changes?

  3. Green Mom July 27, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks for the comments. I do have a newborn, but this sleep strike started before he was born. We suspect his chronic ear infections have something to do with it and are considering having tubes put in.

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