night waking and waking early morning...

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Tanylisa's picture
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night waking and waking early morning...

The past few weeks have been terrible lately when it comes to sleep, Jack wakes up at least once a night crying and won't tell me what's wrong right away, just keeps crying. I assume it's nightmares, he'll finally ask to go downstairs on the couch or ask to eat, by the time I settle him down and tell him it's sleep time not time to eat/play it's been an hour. Then he wakes up between 5 and 6:00 wanting to get up, he'll ask to eat so I bring him down to eat and he's miserable and cranky. He still naps and for naps he goes to sleep right away and stays sleeping for a good 2 hours. Maybe the long naps are messing with him? I don't know :confused: hoping it's just a quick phase!

We're getting his big boy bed this week too, so that should be interesting lol.

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Kind of sounds like what Magali is going through too. Deacon does it on occasion and the past few days, since Magali's post (you jinxed me girl! lol) he has been doing it again.

Can you keep a few snacks in his room so if he wakes up he can eat and go back to sleep? Something clean and easy - if there is such a thing.

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My first thought was maybe he needed more sleep during the day, since sleep begates sleep, but you said he naps for 2 hours. What time does he go to bed? Maybe try bumping that up a little and see if it helps. With my kids, if I miss my window for getting them to bed easily, they fight me too.

Maybe try a snack before bed. Something with some carbs and protein. Like crackers with peanut buter and a little bit of milk?
-I also let Ava take snacks to bed from time to time like Jenn suggested. She also brings a sippy cup with water in it.

Good luck! What a drag that daylight savings came on the same week he is already struggling with sleep. I hope you all are able to rest!

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I agree with the snack before bed idea. I think waking up and eating might just set you up for a bad cycle, since his body will always want a snack at that time.

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"mama22Girls" wrote:

I agree with the snack before bed idea. I think waking up and eating might just set you up for a bad cycle, since his body will always want a snack at that time.

This is what I was thinking. One last bedtime snack. I know I like mine. Smile

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Thanks guys, he goes to bed about quarter of eight and falls asleep about 8:30 or so.

I think i'll try a bedtime snack, he hasn't been eating that well during the day so. Maybe he is hungry during the night. He loves oatmeal, so I'll try that tonight and see if that helps any. I like a snack too before bed come to think of it!

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Tanya we are going through this... last couple night/evening were better since we spend lot of time outside in the snow playing so he was more tired (but he still sleep 1hr nap) and also we talked with DH and on week end night DH sleep with him and during the week I do... for now he still wake up once now but we are right next to him so he goes back to sleep right away...

this is not a solution ofr everybody but it seems to work (for the last 3 nights) for us....

GOOD LUCK AND KEEP US POSTED ON THE SNACK ISSUE

Tanylisa's picture
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Magali I think being outside really does help, I took Jack outside yesterday for longer than I usually do and he did still give me a hard time at bedtime but he didn't wake up until 4:30 then went back to sleep and it's almost 8 now and he's still sleeping Smile I also gave him the oatmeal so maybe that helped too.

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Glad it went better for you last night! Hopefully that trend continues! Biggrin

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Hope it gets better for you guys soon. Best of luck on finding what works for you & him.