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Any suggestions to calm down a 3 year old having massive tantrums in the middle of the night?

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RedRibbons Tue 12-Jul-11 14:53:10

Our DD was a great sleeper when she was a baby but just seems to be getting worse as she gets older. She is 3 and half. She regularly wakes in the night but we used to be able to coax her back into bed with the occasional strop and shouting match. Over the last few months these strops and tantrum are becoming more regular to the extent that it is practically every night now. She comes into our room, refuses to go back to her bed, gets very bad tempered and contrary and the whole process can take an hour or more to calm her. Feeling a bit frayed round the edges as no one is getting good nights sleep. Can't really do the rapid return back to her bed as she would howl and scream and her room is next door to her2 year old brother who would be wakened by the noise.
Sometimes I wonder is she half asleep and other times I'm pretty sure she is awake. Her behaviour in the day is quite good - typical 3 yo.
Has anyone experienced anything similar? And does anyone have any useful tips?

carocaro Tue 12-Jul-11 15:19:27

U have to bite the bullet and do rapid return, Dr Tanya Byron Little Angles. get your dh and other child to sleep down stairs
, otherwise this will go on and on and on, it will work over the course of a few nights, no attention, conversation or soothing, u r soothing her by being there. Do it, it's so worth it before you get any more frazzled. Short term pain for long term gain!

RedRibbons Tue 12-Jul-11 22:11:07

Thanks - think you're right!

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