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my 2 year old wakes up every hour or every other hour, any ideas?

He never slept through the night but he used to sleep for 4 hours then get up and do another 4. I went in the hospital for a couple nights to have Reyna and he has been awful ever since i know it is separation anxiety but i don't know how to fix it and i am exhausted!!! help!!

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Asked by jenmartinez at 9:56 AM on Oct. 9, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Always keep the room cool and dark. If there's too much light, they will want to see what's going on!
    Put a fan or something that makes a humming noise to drown out any extra noise that might disrupt their sleep.
    Remember that they fall asleep better with a dry diaper.
    Stay on schedule and put them to bed at the same time every night. Soon you will notice that your child starts to look sleepy shortly before bedtime.

    Answer by JoyandLove at 10:25 AM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • Place a nightlight in their room. They won't feel so alone after you leave.
    Consider playing music at bedtime after stories.
    Make time for bedtime stories, it is so importiant in the life of a child. Interact with them while reading. Allow them to look at the pictures or perhaps let them hold the book after you finish reading. This will not only help keep their attention and focus but also help their developmental skills.
    If you begin this routine, they will adapt. This is a good thing, but you'll have to adapt to it also. Children respond to routine and a stable schedule they can depend on. It helps them to develop trust.
    Don't put off getting a routine. The older they get, the harder it will be to change their routine.


    Answer by JoyandLove at 10:26 AM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • Determine a good time schedule. Allow plenty of hours between naptime and bedtime. If they are too close together, your child is unlikely to sleep.
    On average, a two-year-old sleeps about 11 hours at night and 2 hours during the day, although this is not a solid rule.
    Be sure your child has enough physical exercise. Two year olds have a lot of energy, and if it's not burned off, it may interfere with sleep later on.
    Agree on a consistent word (preferably one word) that he/she can associate with sleeping. Examples would be night, nappy, or la-la. If your child understands what's going on, there's a better chance of cooperation.

    Answer by JoyandLove at 10:26 AM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • Plan out a routine for the child, to wind him or her down. Typical routines include a bath, a bottle/sippy, storytime, or having a lullaby.
    Make your home quiet and dim lights an hour before bedtime to allow your child to transition from daytime to nighttime.
    Prepare everything: the bed, the child, and you. This is the time when you change their diaper, pull anything out of the bed/crib, and grab a book to read to him or her.
    Instead of reading consider singing the same song every night or repeating the same poem every night as a sleep cue. This will streamline the routine to make it always the same and not having an extra-long book to read some nights.

    Answer by JoyandLove at 10:26 AM on Oct. 9, 2009

  • Children love a schedule, so follow the exact same routine daily and soon they'll know exactly what to expect. They'll know that first comes a bath, then a story and song, then it's time to sleep.
    Teach your children to stay in bed and lie quietly. You can practice this during the day.
    You can also try rubbing his or her back. Many children find physical touch very soothing and reassuring. Even two year olds like a nice back rub once in a while.


    Answer by JoyandLove at 10:27 AM on Oct. 9, 2009

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