How do I get my toddler to sleep through the night?

my baby is 16 months old! and every night she wakes up from the hours of 1am to 3am and wants to get in bed with me! im trying to break her of the habit! but her crying is heartbreaking, and she will cry until she starts vomiting! so i just put her in bed with me! i need some advice please! i need sleep!


Asked by jsexymom at 3:35 PM on Nov. 10, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • The WORST thing you can do is putting your child in bed with you. My husband's sister did that and her daughter was almost 9 years old when they finally got her out.
    it may be heartbreaking and they may say things like "mommy is mean" but after the first night of putting your foot down, they should get the hint. If not, then continue to not let her in bed with you... cuddling in bed in the morning to watch cartoons is fine, but it's not ok for a child to ever sleep in bed with you because THEY'LL NEVER LEAVE and it'll just get harder the more attached you grow to them

    Answer by not-so-des-hw at 4:43 PM on Nov. 10, 2008

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  • try this.

    when she wakes up, diaper change, and so on. then take and put her in her crib. let her cry for a few minutes, then go back in, calm her down, then leave for a little longer. and so on and so on.

    i think its a place to start. you have to try and ease her in to the idea.

    i did it with my son when he was like six months old, when he couldnt fall asleep without being rocked for an hour. he cried too, but now, my 13 month old goes to sleep on his own. same concept.

    Answer by notforgotten at 6:15 PM on Nov. 10, 2008

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  • We tried to break DD when she was younger (about 18mo) but didnt go well she would get really upset. wouldnt sleep long alone, ect... I about went so we gave up UNTIL---her 2nd bday, we bought her glow in the dark stars, a nice animal to sleep with. told her if she slept a few days in her own bed she would get to go somewhere special. we made a big deal of hanging the stars with her & that she was a big girl. ect.... She has been sleeping in her bed since Nov1. No PROBLEMS! The first few nights she would wake up for about 5min & Id stand beside her bed & run her cheeks until she drifted back to sleep. I also have to lay in bed to put her to sleep but we will slowly wean her of that too. So if possible wait until dd is a lil older so she can understand more

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 10:51 PM on Nov. 10, 2008

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  • wow. forgive all my errors in my post! LOL... I *think* its all understandable!

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 10:53 PM on Nov. 10, 2008

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  • i gave my daughter a paci and she now sleeps throw the night

    Answer by troubledkat911 at 11:12 PM on Nov. 10, 2008

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  • What we did for our son when he was that age is put soft music on the radio for him or even get some cd's for him to listen to.

    Answer by Jamesmichael at 8:40 AM on Nov. 15, 2008

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  • My daughter slept through the whole night for the first time around her 12 month vaccinations. I attribute it to none other than Baby Tylenol (no joke!). She had been running a fever, and our pediatrician had suggested otc Tylenol to help make her feel a little better, and I really think that the Tylenol is what did it. I remembered waking up the very morning she slept all the way through, I woke up sobbing convinced that I had OD'd her, but truth be told she was sound asleep and happy. Now she sleeps from 8-8 without fail.

    I don't know if I'd recommend Tylenol to everyone for a use like that, but she has woken up once or twice and we let her CIO if it's less than 5 minutes and it usually is. :)

    Answer by OmbreGracieuse at 2:39 PM on Jul. 7, 2010

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  • I am having the same issue with my son, who is 20 months. It has been going on for almost four months now with him getting up at 2 in the morning and me giving into his crying and laying him down in bed with me. I just started a few days ago breaking the habit, so I know your pain and frustration. There is no easy way to get your little one to go back to sleep once they are use to be in bed with you. When my son cries, I wake up, kiss him, change his diaper and rock him until he is calm. i then put him back in his crib, turn on his night soother, and sit in the rocking chair until he is almost asleep. It's working, he is sleeping later and later, he woke up at 6:40 today!!

    Answer by GuardianAngel27 at 12:17 PM on Jul. 25, 2010

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