Ok I have no interest in derailing another thread but this comment keeps appearing in various sleep related threads:
"Unless there are medical issues sleep throughout from kids are feasible with some tweaks to routine."
I have 4 children who ALL still wake at various times overnight for various different reasons.
My nearly 10 yo has nightmares. At least twice a week. She wakes and is extremely upset and can take awhile to go back to sleep.
My 6 year old has an anxiety condition and is very wakeful. She often doesn't go to sleep until nearly 9pm and frequently wakes between 2 and 4am and again can be awake for up to an hour. There is no reason for this waking. She just wakes.
My 4 year old son wakes about 3 x a week because he's cold, had a bad dream or just wakes and wants a cuddle and someone to stay with him until he goes back to sleep.
My nearly 2 year old has never slept through. She is a terrible sleeper and doesn't need much sleep because she wakes at 530 am and is charming sweet and happy. She doesn't sleep during the day and goes down at 7.
None of them fall asleep easily.
Dh is a wonderful sleeper and can sleep anywhere and anytime. He spends most of his night moving from bedroom to bedroom settling our children.
I am a terrible sleeper. Have been my entire life. As a child I never went to bed without a fight. I woke very early. But my parents never lost their temper with me and just accepted me for the terrible sleeper I was. I was the youngest of 4 and we were all different.
I have done EVERYTHING humanly possible or imaginable to get my kids to sleep through reliably. The planets align once or twice a month and they all sleep well on the same night.
My kids have no underlying medical issues that are behind this. No sore ears, nothing. They are just not great at sleeping. But neither am I. Luckily we are great at other things.
Anyway I am so tired of reading on here that with tweaks in routine, or adjusting this or that, my kids could sleep through. Or maybe if I just tried this or that.
Ok rant over. This isn't a debate thread. I merely started this so those of us with kids who don't sleep well know they are not alone.
Oh and I don't want advice about how to make my kids sleep through either. 😀