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Any ideas on how to get a 2 year old to sleep through the night?

My 2 year old goes to bed between 8:30 and 9. Most of the time he sleeps throught the night. But, for some reason when my husband has to work early the next day he will not sleep past 2AM. It's like he know Daddy can't take care of him and Mommy will have to even though she is exhausted. But, on the days my husband does not work early he sleeps all night. Now, sometimes my husband goes out of town for work and on these occasions DS will not even fall asleep until after 2AM. Anyone have any ideas?

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Asked by azrockinmomma at 7:50 AM on Aug. 29, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Stop day naps when DH is not home.

    Answer by louise2 at 7:53 AM on Aug. 29, 2010

  • no naps and we just had to them them lay there and let there bodies decide when it was time to sleep. You can't force someone to be tired and sleep.

    Answer by Zoeyis at 7:55 AM on Aug. 29, 2010

  • What time does your husband have to get up? Maybe he hears noices in the house on those days and it keeps him away.

    Answer by HotMama330 at 11:39 AM on Aug. 29, 2010

  • Like a few other posters, stop the day naps on those days where he will be getting up early.

    Things like this can be an act out from your child. Maybe he's upset that your DH is leaving or gone and it's his only way to show he's upset about it. Maybe you can try showing him that Daddy will be back and that it's only for a brief time.

    If you're having a hard time getting him to stay asleep, maybe you can start trying ways to get him to stay in his room instead of coming an waking you up. Tell him it's not ok to start wandering the house that if he really can't sleep here is a special toy you can play with but you have to stay on your bed. Perhaps if he stays stuck on his bed his natural sleepiness will take back over and help him pass back out

    Answer by bubblycute at 12:11 PM on Aug. 29, 2010

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