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My three year old won't sleep, I'm so sleep deprived!

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Anicedayforawhitewedding Tue 23-May-17 13:20:14

She's up several times a night.

Needs a pee, needs tucked in etc

It's wearing me down and she wakes the rest of the family. I have two older kids, I'm snappy with them.

Just need to moan sorry

SnoutFish Tue 23-May-17 13:27:51

Thick pair of pjs and socks, then she won't need to be tucked in?

Thesofaneedsmetositonit Tue 23-May-17 22:09:11

Restrict her fluid intake half an hour before bed maybe?

A sleeping bag will keep her warm.

If you ask MNHQ to out this into their 'Sleep' section (Being a parent) FateDestiny & co will advise - they're a great gang smile

InsaneDame Tue 23-May-17 22:19:14

I agree with moving this to the sleep section, Fate's advice is amazing.

Anicedayforawhitewedding Tue 23-May-17 22:26:48

Hi, I've taken advice and put her in warm pyjamas.

I don't give her drinks after tea time.

I read another thread re sleep and a sweet suggestion was telling child you are putting your kisses under the pillow and they can reach for them when they wake up. So I've tried that.

She's not seeking into our bed so I'm not going down that route yet but I'm getting desperate.

I've done broken nights with three babies, I know the ropes but a three year old?!

I was just getting my energy and life back a bit but this has become hard now.

Blossomdeary Tue 23-May-17 22:33:02

I mentioned this on another thread (lady thinking she should lock her child in the bedroom!) and hope this might help you.

At that age our DD used to need reassurance in the night; so we put a mattress on the floor at the bottom of our bed and said that she was allowed to sneak in with her quilt as long as she was quiet as a mouse and snuggled down without a sound. She thought it was a bit of a game and a challenge not to wake us up; sometimes we would wake in the morning and find her there.

She did not do it for long - it was enough for her to know that it was a possibility.

LornaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 24-May-17 12:38:03

Hi all,

We're just sending this over to our sleep topic.


FATEdestiny Wed 24-May-17 12:54:41

Awww @ you lot up thread blush

Anicedayforawhitewedding these all sound like excuses for wanting to see Mummy, rather than actual reasons to get up.

Is she a just-turned-3 or an older 3 year old? Is she still napping? With broken nights sleep it wouldn't surprise me if she still needed a nap.

I take it she's out of nappies at night? That's young (well, compared to my children) to be dry at night.

What happens when she wakes up in the night? What do you do?

How does she go to sleep at bedtime?

Anicedayforawhitewedding Wed 24-May-17 19:56:11

Hi, she was still napping most days but I've stopped them a week ago in the hope it will help. We just have quiet time in my bed after lunch instead. Curtains drawn, read some stories that kind of thing.

She is out of night Nappies yes because she kept saying they were irritating her and they were dry in the morning - though that's with doing a wee in the night.

The first time she gets up, I let her do a wee. Thereafter I just put her back into bed and try not to talk or make a fuss.

Anicedayforawhitewedding Wed 24-May-17 19:56:38

She's just turned three

FATEdestiny Wed 24-May-17 20:49:24

I think at 3 if she wakes and says she needs a wee, she probably does. So there's not much you can do about that. You could try lifting her when you go to bed, sitting her on the toilet then.

Is that the only reason she gets up? Aside from a potty in her bedroom, you'll just have to ride it through until her bladder is bigger. My children were much older before being out of bedtime nappies - more like 5 or 6 years old. By then I didn't have any getting up in the night to wee, or very rarely.

She's a bit young to be expecting her to go on her own too. So the best I can offer is not to be distracted with anything else. Get up, wee, straight back to bed.

Anicedayforawhitewedding Wed 24-May-17 22:36:24

Hi Fate, thank you.

The problem is she gets up for a wee, fine I help her, but then it's multiple wakings thereafter.

So I understand that she needs a wee and up once to do a quick pee is okay but not being up and down for several hours.

She gives different reasons after the first wake up. Covers not on properly, needs a wee again.

I wonder if initially it's a wee then she is just seeking me out because she struggles to get back to sleep or something?

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