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My almost 4yo lost his sleep mojo

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Stevie77 Tue 13-Feb-18 15:50:22

And I’ve no idea how to help him and us get more sleep - any advice appreciated as we’re at breaking point!

His room was decorated with new furniture and bed just before Christmas. He eas ill a few weeks back, so much so we needed to keep an eye on him so took turns to sleep in his bed with him. So now he will only go to sleep if one of us is there. And not only that, he’ll wake up at night and demand (loudly- shouting, crying) one of us sits with him until he falls asleep. Feels like a bad habit but he says he’s scared, probably of the dark. He has a night light on and when I’ve tried a slightly brighter one that seemed to get in the way of him falling asleep.

In the past we’ve used a star chart and treats to get him to stay in bed/go to sleep on his own (he got into bad habits before). But it’s not working at the moment. We’ve chatted about it but he forgets everything in the middle of the night, as can be expected.

I’ve no idea what else to do. We’re knackered. He’s knackered. DH and I are arguing about it because of the resulting stress.


Stevie77 Wed 14-Feb-18 15:35:38


Realise most of the woes on here are baby-related but...anyone?

HerbsAndStewedRabbit Wed 14-Feb-18 15:49:01

I’m mainly just bumping for you but my just turned four year old has always needed someone there to fall asleep and if he wakes in the night. I’ve lost all perspective on it and don’t really know whether to keep on pandering to it or get tougher 🤔

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