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Infants and toddlers crave predictability and comfort, it makes them feel safe and happy and teaches them that things are okay even if sometimes unexpected events happen or changes in the routine happen. There are so many factors that could be at play, but if you're ready to try anything to help everyone sleep better: Cut all screen time (tv, tablet, ...


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She might be too hot. (Being too hot gives me nightmares!) Try adjusting her bedding. This may sound weird, but have you tried taking off her nappy and encouraging her to pee on a potty? She might be waking because her bladder is full.


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My oldest son was just like what you are describing. I was also a single mom and had no time to take for just me. It was work, kids, and take care of the house. I about lost it to. I made a game plan and I'm not saying it would work for you but I will share. First I had to get Chase in a bedtime routine which did not involve me laying with him until he ...


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Here's a possible solution I don't see listed above: your child may have problems sucking or latching on. If your child is gaining weight but seems to be eating constantly, this might be a cause. He may not be getting as much milk for his efforts and is also a little hungry/frustrated most of the time. I would talk to your pediatrician about "tongue tie" ...


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I have a 3 year old who also has difficulty going to bed and is definitely a strong willed guy, so I can definitely sympathize. I am fortunate not to have to be a single parent, and that definitely is hugely helpful when out of control myself - having another person take over often helps both the kids and me. However, you can't really control that, so ...


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Oh @Kate do I feel your pain! I have that kid too; he's 4, and the other morning he was up at 4:30 playing with his trucks in his room. First thing I will suggest is that you take care of YOU. I know I'm a much more patient mom when I get exercise, or meditate, or do something to keep my body and mind together. Have you tried cutting out the daytime ...


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Try giving her a quick snack. My 11 month old has started waking around the same time as your daughter. It dawned on me - he's probably hungry even though he has 3 meals a day plus snacks. He's doing a lot of growing right now, and might even be having a growth spurt. He seems to have calmed down tonight after having some puréed apple and a drink of water. ...


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When I was in college, I had a girlfriend who suffered from night terrors. It sounds to me like your son isn't have "night terrors", but having extremely bad dreams. I don't want to correct you on this and I'm willing to take downvotes for this answer (first one on THIS exchange). Night Terrors are very common and seem to be hereditary. The person who is ...


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A friend of mine had a son who was terrified of being in his room alone, and was constantly having nightmares. For his birthday (with his mother's approval) I gave him a gun that made a sound and lit up when the trigger was pressed. I told him it was a super-anti-monster gun and that all monsters were afraid of it because if you shot them with it they ...


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Here's what you do For the little guy. For his night terrors give him 1 to 2 small square of dark chocolate candy 2 to 3 hours before bedtime every night. Believe me this works it's stops the trigger of any night terrors from happening. Now remember it must be dark chocolate candy Of high grade percentage. His fears will stop once his night terrors are ...


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Ask her what she thinks will help. We did this with our daughter, and she opted for putting a sock on that hand at night. Which works pretty well. I'm sure she's more willing to do it because she thought of it herself (with a little bit of gentle guidance).


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Our girl somehow always managed to free herself of whatever swaddling method we came up with. We stopped fighting it after some time (earlier than 3 months for sure) and simply made sure she won't scratch herself. Socks on palms work well, but there are some dedicated anti-scratching-hand-thingies for children. She did have some trouble falling asleep, but ...


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So, we have brought our kids to places like Mexico and France, and done sightseeing with them. We are not great at having a 'routine' at home (naps on weekends are usually at varying times), so we didn't have that much of an issue with that part, but I will share my experiences: It is far easier if you rent a car. If you are going from point a) to point ...


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Parenthood is always a balancing act, and I don't believe one needs to give up all adult activities while parenting for fear that the child will be put upon. Being flexible is an important life lesson, and you should go ahead and enjoy your vacation(s), while giving your child the opportunity to learn a little flexibility (remember praise and rewards help ...


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How much importance should I place on our toddler's sleep and entertainment vs. our own? Well, you have children. I think they should come first. Sleep is a secondary issue here, I wouldn't worry about it if you keep it all reasonable. But as for entertainment, consider this: would you like to go to a trip with your parents if they neglected you all ...


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I had this problem with my son as well. For us, the problem was that all of us got very stressed before going to sleep. Us anticipating yet another day of crying and hard work, him, on top of his own anticipation, feeling our stress. It is still hard for him to get to sleep but we fixed the stress problem by creating a routine that involves the usual ...


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When you say "She's not getting enough sleep", what do you mean by that? Is your meaning limited to "She's not getting the recommended/customary about of sleep", or is there any impact on her personality or behavior since this started? Have you talked to her to ask her if there's some reason she doesn't want to sleep? Can she explain what's going on in her ...


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Some people naturally need less sleep, and that can manifest as early as childhood. With that said, is it possible that your daughter simply isn't getting enough exercise? I had terrible insomnia throughout childhood and learned as I got older that I require a high level of exercise throughout the week in order to sleep at nights. When my children are ...


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I have had the sleeping issue with 2 of my children and the reasons were different. Has anything changed recently? Move? New school? Even a growth spurt? Or it could just be a phase. Keep to your routine, but see if maybe putting her to bed an hour or two later and then wake her at her usual time in the morning helps anything. Decide on a time limit on how ...



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