2.5 yr old up half the night

(5 Posts)
Cheekybiscuit Tue 02-Feb-16 09:50:31

Dd2 is 3 in March. She has always had bouts of not sleeping but for the past seven months, she has been up every night. Typically, she wakes around 1am and will be up until 4.30am ish. We have tried taking her back to bed and she screams a lot. We have also let her in with us but she will pat our heads repeatedly, fling her legs about etc so no sleep for any of us! We have a bedtime routine in place (bath, story etc).

She doesn't settle well in the evening and either me or DH sit just outside the room and repeatedly put her back in bed if she gets out. She often lays there giggling, singing and flinging her legs about. We start the bedtime process off at 7pm and I am often there for at least two hours.

We have tried letting her nap during the day and tried cutting her nap. Without a day nap, she falls asleep quicker in the evening but with both, she still gets up through the night. Finally, she shares a bedroom with DD1 who is 5 and is being disturbed a lot.

Any advice? I feel really broken by this!

Quoteunquote Tue 02-Feb-16 23:23:34

Is she getting enough excise during the day?

You have dumped the dreaded buggy?

Pipsqueak23 Tue 02-Feb-16 23:27:53

I have a friend who had a similar situation with her DD who is just coming up to 2.5. Interested to see the recommendations and hopefully pass something in to her, as she has a bedtime routine like you and doesn't let her DD have a nap unless it is gonna be a late night and her DD is still up for min 30min but anything up to 3-4hra through the night

Cheekybiscuit Wed 03-Feb-16 08:58:35

Thanks for replying. I only usually use the buggy on the school run. I think she is getting enough exercise and she is the same when she has been home as when she has been at nursery but I think I will try taking her for a long walk as she is a very active child so it could be that.

Quoteunquote Wed 03-Feb-16 21:39:00

Two of mine were unable to settle unless they had done a lot of activity.

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