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3 year old waking in middle of nite and insisant on sleeping on couch. what to do?

Currently my 3 year old and 7 month old are sharing a bedroom and my 3 year old is wakeing up in the middle of the nite turning the light on and waking up my youngest. i get up and put both back to bed and repeat this process serval times in one nite. this just started about 2 weeks ago and try as i will i cant seem to get her to stay in bed. there are times in the morning i find her sleeping on the couch but this as become a bigger problem as now she wakes up her sister. what can i do? in the past before her sister came along i'd put her back to bed and close the door and let her cry it out usally 10 to 15 mins and then things were back to normal now i cant do that with her sister in the same room sleeping. any ideas would be wonderful.


Asked by laura970 at 4:00 PM on Jul. 20, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • I would just let her sleep on the couch. If that's where she wants to be and is getting sleep, I don't think it's a problem. It's probably just a phase. Right now my son insists on sleeping on the floor with his feet on his pillow instead of his head. The first night I fought with him for hours to get back into bed, but now it's just easier to let him sleep on the floor, he goes right to sleep with no fussing this way. And this mornig he was actually in his bed with his head on the pillow, so maybe he's getting over sleeping on the floor. As for her waking up the baby, I agree with the above replies about getting her a nightlight, maybe even give her a little flashlight that she can use it to find her way to the couch if that's where she wants to go.

    Answer by alamomo at 11:04 AM on Jul. 23, 2009

  • It sounds like your LO just needs her own space. Is it possible that your new baby is bothering her??

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:09 PM on Jul. 20, 2009

  • Get a night light so she won't turn on the "big light". Get a sleeping bag for her and let her "camp out" in her room(she'll think its so cool to camp that she will want to stay in her room and sleep. Get her play camping gear such as dim flashlight, canteen, compass, etc. Good Luck!

    Answer by ycatstouch at 12:37 AM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • well i have notice a bit of jealousy in actully both of them never thought a 7 month old would be capable of jealousy so i have started to give each some alone time when one might not be awake in the morning or while the other is napping.

    thats a great idea about the camp gear because she has one of those rose petal cottage play houses and i actully got her a sleeping bag and flashlight for x-mas i'll have to dig it out.

    as for tonite i put in the nitelite and i actully tried not giving her a nap today. maybe its time to cut out the naps? when do you stop giveing them a nap? but so far its worked she went to bed and passed right out. i guess i'll see what happens in a couple days. seems to work for a few nites then its back to square one lately.

    Answer by laura970 at 12:50 AM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • my dd when through the same thing at 2 we just blocked off the living room so she could sleep on the couch its a lot better then creating a fuss...we had to use bribery to get her to stay in her room we ended up getting her a tv setting the volum low and let her watch tv intill she fell asleep some moms dont approve but it works for us

    Answer by rainmommy at 10:25 AM on Jul. 21, 2009

  • the last two nites have worked! i moved her bedroom around put in a nite lite and i havent given her a nap. she also gets a prize in the morning. yesterday it was a piece of carrot cake today it was to watch a movie. (charlettes web).
    sorry no i dont approve of the tv in the bedroom thing. i dont allow her to watch cartoons in the first place. she only watches educational shows like national geo animal plant and such. i feel that the cartoons these days are horrible. and she actully really has had no interest in tv until the last 5 months. now she prefers to watch movies like secert of nym and cindrella and such. tv is not a babysitter.
    but anyways she gets to pick the prize in the morning and i figure after about a week the prizes will disapper and she wont know the difference.

    note: she is sleeping later in the morning as well.

    Answer by laura970 at 2:48 PM on Jul. 22, 2009