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3.8years wakes EVERY night, weve solved one problem but created another!

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mummatoone Sun 02-Nov-08 22:14:57

yes every night,up until last week used to call out and cry for me, I would go in comfort him and he would go back to sleep ... sometimes I'd have to get in bed with him.

I have told him I am not coming in again (unless he has nightmare)and havent but the last week he has just woke up, got up and got in bed with us!!! Solved one problem created another.

I know what the answer is!! ie. march him straightback but it so hard when sometimes I dont even here him!!

SortingSOLOsHat Sun 02-Nov-08 22:16:09

Does he wake at the same time each night?

mummatoone Sun 02-Nov-08 22:19:17

1.30am, 2am, 3am

cory Mon 03-Nov-08 09:10:00

There is another answer... (whisper it so the experts don't hear). If he does not disturb your sleep too much, you could just let him stay and go straight back to sleep. The heavens won't fall down, he won't grow into a maladjusted delinquent- it's just about whether you and dp can get a decent night's sleep this way. Some people can (I sleep better with children in bed), other can't.

spinspinsugar Mon 03-Nov-08 09:23:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

christywhisty Mon 03-Nov-08 09:40:59

We had the same problem with DS about the same age, he was a huge lump and he did disturb our sleep. We just said if he wanted to come in he could sleep by the side of our bed. He used to bring his quilt in and do that, very little disturbance to us and he was happy. We also added a little bribary if he stayed in his bed for 2 weeks then he earn't a big Buzz Lightyear, which he did eventually.

SOLOtsofBangers Mon 03-Nov-08 10:57:56

I was going to suggest the Wake To Sleep method, but if he's waking so often, I don't know if it'd work.
I can't do links, but there is a thread about it. It sorted my Dd out, but she was younger than your Ds and was down to waking just once a night(from hourly!). Hope you find a way.

warthog Mon 03-Nov-08 10:59:24

how long has this been goin gon for?

Skimty Mon 03-Nov-08 14:03:42

Second the bed beside yours idea.

DS (2.2) comes into our room, shuts the door behind him,lies downn on the little mattress we've put beside our bed, pulls the spare duvet over him and goes straight to sleep with no fuss. I only just wake up and DH usually sleeps through. far more comfortable than having a flailing child in bed with you. I assume he will grown out of it when he's ready...

mummatoone Mon 03-Nov-08 18:10:14

Been doing this for around 2 months waking every night but coming into us with no fush for around a week. He doesnt wake 3 times a night - this is the approx time he comes to us - sometimes its 1am another time its 3am. He comes in gets in bed and goes to sleep.

I do sleep ok but Hubby gets up and goes in spare room as he's uncomfortable.

I personally think he wakes as he's cold - ie he's always kicking covers off. I pull them on at bedtime and tuck them into the side of his bed, I put him in a vest, bedsocks and warm PJ's - I even got him a full warm sleep suit but he wont wear it!

I think Im going to go with the flow and Im sure he will sort himself out. The last few months he has made changes himself so will wait for him to do this in his own time - cant last forever!!!!

PS. Although I do not encourage this, I do love the warmnest of him next to me...shsssss!!!

gagarin Mon 03-Nov-08 18:18:07

Ha ha! You haven't created a problem - you like it! grin

Your ds is not a silly boy and at some level he'll know you like it - and will carry on wink.

tyres Mon 03-Nov-08 18:18:21

My daughter has done this since she was 1 (now 3 hmm). We have tried everything in the book and our best solution to date is having a little mattress and duvet next to our bed so she can come up and go straight back to sleep. I am not entirely happy with it but anything for an unbroken night's sleep. I think she is a light sleeper, plus she gets anxious when she wakes. I keep telling myself it won't last forever...

LilianGish Mon 03-Nov-08 18:32:22

Had exactly the same problem at about the same age with dd. She would get in our bed and either I or more usually dh would go and get in hers! She's seven now and she doesn't do it anymore - can't remember when it stopped though it seemed to go on for ever (probably nine or ten months). To be honest, neither of us could be bothered to try and do anything about it - we took the view that she wouldn't still be doing it when she was 15 and sure enough she stopped of her own accord. I always thought the most important thing was to make sure she started off in her own bed every night - so she knew where she belonged iyswim. Enjoy it while it lasts!

mummatoone Mon 03-Nov-08 20:34:22

You know what I feel so much better about this!!! I think if he was 2 or younger I would be concerned but at nearly 4 I know he will do it when he's ready.

He is my one and only and like you said enjoy it whilst it lasts!

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