If you are wondering if you should "get him extra tired so he'll sleep better at night"... don't buy into that very old, very outdated, extremely wrong idea. While it might work for an adult, it does not work for very young children. It actually makes it harder for them to fall asleep, harder for them to stay asleep, and more likely for them to wake extra early. This is based on the actual biology of what happens inside a child's body when they are overtired - not on some wishful thinking or old-wives-tale.
So, if you want your son to sleep all night...
What do you do when he wakes? If you go in, keep it as boring as possible. Do not look him in the eye, do not talk, sing, rock, etc. If you truly think he's hungry, feed him, put him back, and leave. The more you reward him, the more firmly the habit of waking is made.
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at 3:43 PM on Feb. 23, 2009