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Please help!! DH and I need sleep in the worst way. DS wakes up anywhere from 2-6 or more times a night. He just turned 2yrs. He wakes up screaming and crying for either paccy, blanket, drink, for me almost anything. We hate CIO and only want to us it as a last resort. We didn't have to do it with our DD's. But we need sleep. He also can go into a tantrum if he wakes up enough and itsn't getting the response he wants. And then the tantrum goes on forever and takes so much time to calm him down. He is so stubborn during the day. And it is worse at night when he is tired.

Any advice would be welcome. I can barely function cause I am so tired.
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Um..get a pacifier strap? Give him a sippy cup of water in his bed? Already give him a blanket...
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:10 AM   #3
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haha. funny. He does have them in his bed. But he is lazy(unlike my girls) and wont reach for them. Just lays there and screams for them till I get up and find them and give them to him.

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haha. funny. He does have them in his bed. But he is lazy(unlike my girls) and wont reach for them. Just lays there and screams for them till I get up and find them and give them to him.

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I would not use a pacifier strap at night as it could do more harm than good. Really now, whose fault is this behavior... yours.... you cater to him, just like I do to my son. He's learned. I have the kid who would never hold a bottle, ever but he could but would not. Now, here's the deal... you kick your husband out of bed and make him do it and make it clear until you sleep, he doesn't get to sleep. If that doesn't work, good luck, just give him what he wants and get back to bed asap. We found it went through phases but normally we have a good sleeper. I don't get the sleeping tantrums but we get them too. We just wait it out, try to calm him down and he usually goes back to sleep at some point.
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I would not use a pacifier strap at night as it could do more harm than good. Really now, whose fault is this behavior... yours.... you cater to him, just like I do to my son. He's learned. I have the kid who would never hold a bottle, ever but he could but would not. Now, here's the deal... you kick your husband out of bed and make him do it and make it clear until you sleep, he doesn't get to sleep. If that doesn't work, good luck, just give him what he wants and get back to bed asap. We found it went through phases but normally we have a good sleeper. I don't get the sleeping tantrums but we get them too. We just wait it out, try to calm him down and he usually goes back to sleep at some point.
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I know it seems like he doesn't need sleep, otherwise he'd just sleep. But, he needs to sleep even more than you do.

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Still, sleep is very important to kids' well-being. The link between a lack of sleep and a child's behavior isn't always obvious. When adults are tired, they can be grumpy or have low energy, but kids can become hyper, disagreeable, and have extremes in behavio
At this age, he needs 10-12 hours of sleep.

At some point, I think cry it out would be better than allowing him to go through his entire preschool years on less sleep than his body needs.
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no advice, just wanted to let you know we're in the same boat. DS will be two this month, and still wakes up 1-3 times at night, crying. He doesnt' have a paci (sucks his fingers), so i'm not really sure what the issue is. If we rock him for a couple of min, he will usually go back to sleep. Other times he is wide awake and wants to play. We are so so so over it, and have been leaning more and more towards the CIO.
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I feel you pain. My 16m is the same way. It comes and goes, sometimes its because she is wet, and sometimes its because she wants milk (well most the time, and real milk I didn't bf). It has gotten so bad I have been given a fat split lip from her tantrum. Last night once she calmed down I got her applesauce (the squeeze kind) instead of milk. She then went and brushed her teeth again, and back to bed (with us at this point). She then slept through the night until about 5:45. She then takes a 90min nap at 8. I am hoping for a repeat preformance tonight.

I would try a snack at the first waking. DD eats a lot, so I know its not because she didn't eat dinner. I think it is linked to a growth spurt or a mental spurt. HTH.
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Sounds like my 22mo. He's been this way since 5mo. 0_0 It's getting better but not fast enough, especially bc I am 22 wks pg.

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