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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Is Your Child a Night Owl?

Does your little one stay in bed once you put him or her in bed? Does your child wake up in the middle of the night? As I am typing this, my youngest son is sleeping next to me on the couch. Ryan has already been placed in bed 4 times, and is restless. (I will put him back in bed for the 5 time this evening, once I am finished writing.)

Ryan had colic, and never developed a solid sleep pattern as an infant. When he finally grew out of the colic stage, we rejoiced and relished in the beauty of sound sleep. That lasted all of about a month, as he then was teething or just wasn't sleeping solid through the night. He is now 3 and will, turn 4 in March, and yet there are nights he still wakes up and comes to my bedside. I do not talk to him, but simply pick him up and place him back in bed. He normally is asleep, before his head ever hits the pillow. There are nights where he gets up 3 or 4 times, and this Momma is tired! He isn't trying to play, isn't ill, or isn't asking for a drink. At first I thought he was seeking comfort or "mommy time" as he spent countless hours with me in the middle of the night due to his colic, but he doesn't want to cuddle or lay with us. I often have wondered if he is afraid of missing something or just checking to make sure everyone is were they belong, almost in a protective kind of way. I really am not sure why this child, is still getting up in the middle of the night!?

I have spoken with our pediatrician and read countless sleep books! (This Momma is at the end of her rope!) Do you have a night owl in your house? Any clue why this child might think he "needs," to check in on me at night? How do you get you toddler to stay in bed? Has anything worked for you, so that you and your child get a solid nights sleep?
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2 comments:

  1. oh no, that is no fun for anyone. We did the cry it out method and Dinosaur sleeps through the night since he was a year and a half, but that's not for everyone.

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  2. Mine pretty much stay asleep. My daughter has problems with joint pain after a very active day. Hope you have a great day!

    Following your GFC so I don't miss anything. You can find me at http://www.onecreativeprocrastinatinggal.blogspot.com

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