My 2 year old son, wont fall asleep without having someone in his room with him. He doesnt want to be touched or held. He just wants you to sit in the chair. And after he does go to sleep he wakes up about 4 to 5 hours later, crying and scream and is out of his bed and by the door. I go to him and give him a hug and put him right back in his bed. If I walk out he screams and wont go back to sleep for the rest of the night. If I stay he goes right back to sleep. But he wakes right back up when I walk out of his room. Im at a loos as to what to do. Ive tried lots of stuff and nothing seems to work. Its almost as if he is having separation anxiety. I dont know what to do. please help
I have 2 kids, one is 6 the other is 3. Both have tried to do what you are describing at various stages.
He needs to understand that when your not in his room, you're still around and will be there for him if he needs it. This technique will be hard for the first week or so. It was with my kids, but it will get you out of the room faster and teach your kids to go to bed.
The night routine is key. Children of that age are really good at knowing what's next when there's a pattern to follow. If they are getting the same activities in the same order every night, you're preparing them to go to sleep. They know it's coming next, and they will accept it.
I hope this info helps.
I am going through a similar situation with my 21 month old son except he wants me in the bed, usually with his head on my arm. We transitioned from mom to putting him to bed in the "family bed" to me putting him to bed. It was a struggle for the first couple weeks, but staying consistent did the trick. After the first two or so weeks he was coming to me when it was time for bed. After about 6 weeks we moved him to his room. I am still putting him to bed most nights but occasionally mom will now. He wakes up about 4-5 hours in and is crying and banging at his door. I get up and talk to him and tell him I understand how he feels and describe emotions he might be feeling, then lay him down in his bed. As long as I don't fall asleep with him I get up and go back to bed with the wife. There have been a few nights where he actually slept through the night. :D
Every child is different. The most universal advice I've heard from other parents is consistency and routine. What works for one child may not work for another, but for my child consistency and routine are the two things that have continued to work for us.
The earlier you start with this, the easier it usually is. Starting to teach a 2-year old to get into sleep alone is far more difficult then to do this for a 3 or 6 month old.
We had a similar situation at that age, so I believe it's nothing unusual, even though seeing your child in fear can be quite upsetting.
The only solution we found is to give in for a few weeks, until the anxiety settles down: Sit with him until he sleeps, and if he wakes up in the night you need to do the same. It is important to address this issue: talk to him about it, and explain that there is no reason to be afraid, and that you will always be there for him.
After a week or two, he will know that you are always there, and feel reassured. At that point you can start the next phase: Slowly easing out of staying with him. Here you will need to experiment, to see what is acceptable to him, and what isn't, for example:
One final tip: Beware of creaking floor boards - I had to learn where not to step, in order to avoid making noise that would have her standing in her bed screaming within a 10th of a second...