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Is it normal that my three year old still don't sleep through the night?

My three year old daughter still does not sleep through the night..i don't understand why.. any help?


Asked by mommiie_2_1 at 1:20 AM on Oct. 24, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Well maybe its her normal, maybe its not. Our ped usually asks about that at every appointment. If they have been waking at night (more than looking around and laying back down) she starts looking for things that may be waking them up. Acid reflux, ear infections, or pin worms, among other things. Is she hungry when she wakes up? Maybe she needs a higher protein snack right before bed. Cheese, peanut butter, milk, scrambled egg, etc... If they are overly tired, they will wake during the night. Goes against logic, I know, but its true. Try an earlier bed time or giving her a chance to nap during the day. I would rule out all of these things before saying its her normal. And even if it is her normal, maybe you can get her to play quietly in her room or look at a book until she is ready to go back to sleep. She should be able to self soothe.

    Answer by karamille at 1:31 AM on Oct. 24, 2010

  • Neither my 3 or 4 year old sleep through the night yet... My sister didn't sleep through the night til she was nearly 17...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:22 AM on Oct. 24, 2010

  • It must be fairly normal as my almost 3 year old DD wakes at least once in the night. It dosen't matter where she is sleeping (by me or not) she just wakes to go lay somwhere else. Sorry I'm no help, just thought I'd let you know your not alone!

    Answer by mommy_bink at 1:23 AM on Oct. 24, 2010

  • I'm in my 40's and I still don't sleep through the night! LOL! Some people just don't. I have to really watch my caffeine, exercising, etc. I do take anti-anxiety meds, but when I go to bed, it takes about two hours before I relax enough. I've always been this way, ever since I was little. So, it's not abnormal.

    Answer by m-avi at 1:39 AM on Oct. 24, 2010

  • My 3 year old still wakes up at least once, my 4 1/2 year old does pretty good usually. I just let them play in theire rooms until they fall back asleep if their happy, but she usaully wants to sleep with me and then shes fine the rest of the night,. Sorry I don't have any advise for you, but your not alone.

    Answer by countrygirl06 at 1:43 AM on Oct. 24, 2010

  • I am surprised....all my kids were good sleepers . They slept all night by three months and didn't wake up unless they were really sick. I don't know what to say. W never let them sleep in pur bed,though. They just got used to being in their own beds and they were really laid back and calm kids.

    Answer by kerp1960 at 2:06 AM on Oct. 24, 2010

  • Mines almost 4 still wakes up every night, to snuggle in bed with me. ((hugs)) it won't last forever.

    Answer by blessedwithree at 2:22 AM on Oct. 24, 2010

  • My son never had this problem he was a good sleeper my daughter however is 3 and wakes up at least once. She always comes in wakes me up wants something to drink then gets back in bed. Some times she does this 3 or 4 times a night and im such a light sleeper i barely get 3 or 4 hours of sleep a night and thats never straight. I hope she out grows this or i find a solution.

    Answer by babemakes4 at 1:43 PM on Oct. 24, 2010

  • My son has never slept throught the night unless he was going through a growth spurt or sick, if he does & isnt sick than hes usually kept me up till 11pm or later(3am a few times) & is cranky all day the next. But nothing we've tired will get him to sleep any earlier. So all I have for "advice" is GOOD LUCK

    Answer by My_o_me_x_3 at 11:08 PM on Oct. 24, 2010

  • Lol. I think that is normal. My son is three and though he used to sleep through the night, he doesn´t anymore.

    Answer by Luisa621 at 10:56 AM on Oct. 25, 2010