It hasn't been that long, but for the past week my 3 year-old son has not been sleeping. He'll fall asleep at his usual time (about 7:45/8:00) but then he's been waking up in the middle of the night, between 2 and 3 am and has been UP FOR THE DAY! We have a very predictable routine with him: he changes into his pajamas, I brush his teeth, I read him a story while he lays in bed, sing him a song, and then he falls asleep.This has been his routine forever. The only thing that has changed, which is admittedly a big thing, is that he's on his mini summer break. He goes back on Tuesday, but he's been out of school for about a week so far.
Can anyone give me any advice? I'm at my wit's end, and my DH and I are arguing about how to handle it. I say we should keep bringing him back to bed, reassure him, and then go back to our bedroom. He's been getting up with him, sleeping next to him, or taking him downstairs to the living room because he knows he's not going back to sleep and he wants to avoid disturbing our other children. The other night I kept bringing him back to his bed from 2-6 am. We were up the entire time. He was screaming so loud he was waking up my 6 month old, and 8 year old daughters and it's beginning to disturb their sleep too : ( It's affecting everyone, and his daytime behavior has been awful, naturally because he's barely sleeping.
Could it just be that he's out of his routine with school and when he goes back he'll get back on schedule?
Any advice anyone can give me is greatly appreciated!!