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#1 of 4 Old 01-25-2014, 08:05 PM - Thread Starter
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Hey mommas! I need some advice/tips. My 19 month old started sitting up in the middle of the night a few months ago several times a night. He would cry and I would just lay him back down next to me and nurse him back to sleep. The wakings were getting more frequent so a couple weeks ago I night weaned him. This reduced his wakings to about 3-4. Still a lot. I now just lay him back down and pat his back until he falls back asleep. Sometimes I don't even have to do that he just falls asleep right when I lay him down. How can I get him to stop this waking and just lay back down and go to sleep? I have just laid there for a few minutes to see if he would do it on his own but he just cried louder. And suggestions would be great!!
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wow i was hoping to read other responses!  my 17.5 month old seems to be waking more and more.  co-sleeping or in his own bed.  Night weaning is next…  I have no idea what to tell you, except mine will sometimes be up for hours.  he did not used to do this as an infant!!  i feel your pain !

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Not sure how helpful this will be but I've found that my 16 month old wakes up more often and sits up when her total sleep needs have decreased and she needs more awake time. Her nap length always stays the same and if I don't notice that she's ready to wake up early (ie let her fall back asleep), she'll wake frequently during subsequent nights. A slightly later bedtime resolves it. I find her cry is delayed when she wakes up and is in response to the darkness and not wanting to fall back asleep. My dtr has never had really obvious signs of tiredness but does your son seem tired at the end of the day? Hope that helps!
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I'm having the same problem with my 10.5 month old son.  He's been a pretty terrible sleeper for months, and I'm at my wits end (breakdowns practically every day).  Now that he can crawl and stand up, he crawls over me all night and early in the morning, and doesn't always want to nurse so I can't get him to sleep.  We've started putting him to bed earlier (previously had been around 8-8:30 and he'd wake up around 6:30 or so.)  Now he's going to sleep at 7:15ish, but he still wakes up an hour or so later, and is getting up earlier in the morning.  I've read numerous sources claiming that an early bedtime helps babies sleep longer in the morning, but for me that is so not the case . . . I swear after 10 hours, he's rested no matter how late or early I put him to bed (and no matter how many times he woke up.) I've tried everything I can think of except CIO, but I've had a couple emotional breakdowns recently and it's not healthy for me, my husband or my son.  HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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