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Still Sleep Deprived and Looking for Answers


I know it has been a while since I’ve updated all of you on our night time problems, so here is the latest. You can find Sleep Deprived and Looking for Answers part I here:

Sleep Deprived and Looking for Answers

A couple of months ago I was going crazy because my kids were not listening to me and my husband when we were putting them to bed. We tried all sorts of things to get them into a regular bed time routine but for some reason nothing worked. So I decided to reach out to my readers and ask for help.

I got a lot of responses and this article will explain what has worked for me.

My four-year-old refused to go to bed and she frequently kept my husband up until nearly midnight. She loves to play on the computer after school so we decided to take away that privilege if she did not go to bed on time. This worked for a while but it still wasn’t enough for our high energy preschooler.

For about a month now we have been giving her a half a dose of MELATONIN LIQUID – RASPBERRY/VANILLA-8 fl. oz.-Liquid about 20 minutes before putting her to bed. You can purchase this for a discounted price at Puritan’s Pride.

When we give her the melatonin she settles down a lot faster and stays in her bed.

Our two-year-old son was waking up in the middle of the night and ending up in our bed. I don’t know if he was having bad dreams or if he just couldn’t sleep but we needed to put an end to this as well. Now we give him a quarter dose of melatonin and this helps him to sleep all the way through the night.

Our baby, whom is nearly nine months now was having a tough time transitioning from co sleeping with us to sleeping in his own crib. I was getting sick and tired of nursing him three, four times a night. We decided to use the cry it out method and it worked, for a while.

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Now he is waking up at 3 am every single night and all he wants to do is play. I was up from 3 until 5 this morning with my little one. How do I stop this? Do any of you have any ideas? My day was thrown completely off because he kept me up.

We finally crashed on the couch together around 5am and I ended up sleeping in until nearly 7am. My oldest was 20 minutes late for school today. Do any of you have any suggestions? Have you experienced this with your children?

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Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.

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  1. blueviolet April 20, 2010

    I wish I had the answers for you. I feel fortunate in that sleep was never an issue for my kids. I hope you get it figured out soon!

  2. Mommy Lisa April 20, 2010

    It goes in spurts with babies. My daughter had the same issues as your younger two…they eventually work themselves out. I don't know what else to say.

  3. Muthering Heights April 21, 2010

    I hope you are able to get some sleep soon!! 🙁

  4. CrystalsCozyKitchen April 21, 2010

    When we went to my husband's sleep specialist we asked about a good resource for our son (who was also having trouble sleeping.) She pointed us to a book called “Sleeping Through the Night” by Jodi A. Mindell. It has some good advise for babies as well as toddlers. It's the only advise I can really give you. (The sleep therapist is also a parent if that helps…)

  5. Stacy and Carol April 22, 2010

    Well I'v got to think back in time. My sons are 22 and 19. When they were little they were never allowed to sleep the night in our bed. They could however if they woke up in the middle of the night lay their little sleeping bag and pillow down on the floor next to our bed. Even when they were little babies and I breastfed at night, I would make myself get up and put them back in their own bed. Bedtime was always sacred time for us. We had a nightly routine. They would always have a nightly bath, I would read 2 or three books of their choice and off to sleep they would go. Sometimes they would listen to books on tape before falling asleep. I would always check back in on them, sometimes still finding them awake. This provided a really great time to have some deep discussions on what was on their minds. Also make sure to look at diet. No sugary drinks, anything that could be a stimulant before bed is not a good idea. We stuck to a set bedtime so me and my husband always knew we would have our quite time together every evening. We have used Melatonin on and off ourselves. I personally wouldn't recommend using it every day so your body doesn't always need a sleep aid. For your body to create it's own good supply of Melatonin it needs proper sleep at night in the dark. Your body converts Seratonin to Melatonin. Not a doc just sharing what I've learned. Good luck!

  6. Shayna April 25, 2010

    We have had issues with our son not sleeping in his bed or fighting to stay up since he was a baby.

    First he would lay in his crib and cry himself to sleep (sometimes it took a solid hour)eventually it did stop and he was a “decent” sleeper until he found he could climb out of his crib at 17 months, so wed tried the toddler bed. This was the worst time for all of us. He would not sleep in his bed and if he fell asleep on the couch as soon as he hit the sheets in his bed he was awake and screaming. So,like you we desperately needed sleep. We bought him a full size bed with big boy bedding. It took a few weeks of putting him in there, comforting him and saying good night, turning all the lights off (yes.. all off) and leaving him in there all alone. We did not read books in there or anything at night to signal bed time. Most nights he will now stay in bed, but he knows now that if he does wake up at night he is more than welcome to come into our room and sleep on the floor, but mom and dad's bed is OFF LIMITS. This said the are no longer sleep deprived. Tough Love seems to be the best cure for sleep issues we have had. Check the bedding and beds they are sleeping in. If they are not comfortable for them to be in they will not stay in them.
    Good Luck and I hope you find this helpful.

  7. Kathy June 25, 2010

    9mos is a very tough age for sleep. There is a huge sleep regression that occurs at this age for many babies. A big physical and cognitive growth spurt coupled with teething, huge developmental milestones and your child learning and growing so fast makes for one sleepless baby! common regression signs are party in the night syndrome (what your baby is currently doing), major bedtime drama, nap resistance, early morning wakings, night wakings, short naps, lots of crying, extra fussiness, whining. Some babies exhibit some or all of the signs. This regression lasts 4-6weeks. It's painful but it passes.

    Please visit me at http://www.dreamybabies.ca for more sleep information. I'd like to see if I can help your children get more sleep without the use of melatonin. I'm not talking about sleep training but more along the lines of maybe adjusting their schedules, seeing where we can make some changes to their routine. About 90% of the families I work with simply have to change a few things in their schedule to lengthen naps and/or eliminate or significantly reduce night wakings.

    Kathy

  8. Anonymous July 2, 2010

    Definitely check with your pediatrician before continuing this ritual of melatonin! I would ask him/her about the most recent studies done on the use of melatonin in infants/toddlers and the possible long term effects. As far as I can see, there are no studies that indicate this is a safe way to get your little guys to sleep. – I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good bed time routine. Try reading “Touchpoints”. For the little one, I'm afraid there is no good solution apart from riding it out. Certainly do not encourage play in the middle of the night. He/she will only learn to make this a part of his nighttime routine. When he/she wakes, approach the crib and put a calming hand on him until he goes back to sleep. It's important for the baby to learn how to calm himself. good luck and get out of the melatonin routine as soon as you can! This could be a big problem down the line.