Question about 1 year old not sleeping...

  1. I have a co-worker that has a 12 month old daughter who still is not sleeping through the night. Her Mom "Jane" told me that Susie took only an hour nap yesterday and she put her to bed at 8:30pm and the kid was back up again at 10pm....Mom has had the child checked out for ear infections, and other stuff...but the child checks out normal...even took her to a chiropractor...helped for a little while....but then back to the same routine...

    Anyone have any ideas on how to get this child to sleep through the night? The child stays in her own crib and Mom has tried to lengthen the time she waits until she picks her up...she has tried the Johnson & Johnson lavender bath...no success. My friend would appreciate any ideas on how to get her child to sleep through the night....Mom is tired of during the day time....
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   memphispanda
    Well...what time is she getting up in the morning? If she is waking up at 8 or 9, then the baby may just not need all that sleep.

    I would just be sure that the baby had everything taken care of--full belly, clean diaper, a little rocking and winding down. Then off to bed at a reasonable time. If she wakes up, go, pat the back, say "it's ok" and leave. No getting out of bed, no playtime. Lots of babies (and adults!) grunt around in their sleep--if she gets in there quickly, she might be able to settle her back down with a rub to the back or a few pats. I don't advocate for crying it out, but it does work for some people.
  4. by   sunnygirl272
    i assume susie isn't drinking soda as a nite-nite snack? or anything obvious like that?
  5. by   deespoohbear
    No, I don't think Susie is drinking any pop or anything like that...I think she puts the baby down at 9ish, and the baby is up and down through the night...Mom said that she has a night light in there for her, and tries to comfort her (without taking her out of the crib) but she keeps crying.....Mom is at her wits end....tired. The baby is usually pretty pleasant and easy to get along with during the day Mom says, but those nights are a killer I guess.. Maybe another night owl in the making....
  6. by   sunnygirl272
    what about:
    (i have no youguns of my own..but have heard of this working)


    keep her up later than usual....like 11....keep her awake....not tussling and stuff..but awake....put her downa t 11...if she sleeps through...same thing next night..if does not sleep through...try midnight....again, keep her up...no naps after 1-2pm....
    when ya find the time...gradually work backwards by 15 minutes.... til she's still sleepign through the night...butgoing at a more acceptable hour...
  7. by   Lausana
    May sound dumb but, going the whole night without eating is along time--maybe going to sleep with a tummy full of a late bedtime snack will make her sleep a little better.

    Another maybe--how about a later bedtime, at first, better to get her to sleep six hours straight than up and down for 10 hours...

    Hope she finds something that works, and gets some good sleep for herself
  8. by   Rustyhammer
    And if all THAT fails there is always ativan.

    -R
  9. by   Love4Me
    I don't really have any suggestions, but I can tell you what I do for my 15 month old son. The only way I was able to get my son's sleeping habits regular was to make them a habit for him. I make sure that he is up at 7am when the rest of the family wakes. I keep him awake and entertained until noonish, when we have lunch, read 2 stories while rocking in the glider, he gets to turn off the light (a ritual he LUVS), and then off to dream land. If he has trouble I will pat his back and kiss him and then leave. Eventually he WILL sleep. Once he wakes again it is entertaining time until our evening nap, where do exactly as we did at lunch time. Then at 8pm we do his bath (with the J&J bedtime bath) and little playing in the tub. Then we give our big brothers and daddy kisses good-nite. We are off the read our 3 night time stories (this one is gonna be a reader if I have my way with him), turn on the night-light and perform his ritual (turning off the big light), then it is kisses from me and off to dream land. And we do (ok we try to do) this same routine everyday.

    We too have nights where I don't get alot of sleep. If he wakes, I go into his room after a few minutes and kiss him and rub his back until he is calm, and he usually returns to sleep. I must admit that sometimes he just wants me in the room.

    It is hard to have a little one that doesn't want to sleep, but at some point they will. Until then your friend just has to keep trying new things until the baby responds to something... and eventually she will.
  10. by   lynnintn
    Some kids just aren't good sleepers; my adhd son didn't sleep through the night until he was 2, and never on a consistent basis until he went on Paxil last year for anxiety.

    Your friend needs to discuss with the pediatrician, but he will probably not offer anything more than our wise colleagues already have
  11. by   WalMart_ADN
    little benedryl never hurt anyone....
  12. by   emily_mom
    Um, my daughter is 4 and has NEVER slept through the night consistently. I don't know, I know some of my friends who bottle fed (i boobie fed) had no problem getting their kids to sleep thru the night. Maybe if she was breast fed, she is just used to waking up every couple of hours.

    I have no tips for you...obviously, as I am sleep-deprived myself. Good luck.

    Kristy
  13. by   ayemmeff
    My mum had this problem with me and the doctor told her that intelligent children don't need as much sleep!!!!

    I think this was just the doctor trying to console her,and bears no relation to my intelligence now,obviously!

    My grandmother put a tot of whiskey in my late bottle once, in desperation,and I stayed awake all night,singing!!I think this probably has alot to do with my adult intelligence!
  14. by   TeresaRN2b
    Well I've got youngings and I really think this is pretty common. Two of mine were great sleepers, but my other two are not. My almost 2 year old will not go to sleep till close to 10 pm. That has kind of been my experience with my kids though. My older ones go to bed a 8 pm no problem. Granted they don't go to sleep, but they go to bed. Unfortunately I think parents are given the illusion that all kids sleep through the night around 3 months and that is just so not the case for most kids. Oh and a couple other thoughts, could she be teething? Mine have all become a little more restless when they are teething. The only other advice I would give is either get her up earlier or keep her up a little later.

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