My son is 2 years and 3 months old and since he was about 1 year old he won't sleep alone. His sleep habits have become so ridiculous that we don't know what to do anymore. It all started when his biological father left.
His routine is now like this; he has dinner at 6pm followed by a bath, he then goes into his highchair around 7.30pm with a bottle of milk and is asleep by 8.30pm, at 9.30pm when he is sound asleep we take him into bed with us.
No matter what we do he refuses to go to sleep unless he is in his highchair. He doesnt even eat in it anymore, but unless its in the highchair he won't sleep. It is the same at lunch time, he won't nap unless its in the chair or in his pram when we are out.
Please if anyone has some suggestions I could really use them!
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31-01-2012 15:45 #1
Toddler refuses to sleep alone!!
31-01-2012 15:48 #2
Have you tried laying down with him
while he has a bottle?
Could you do dinner bath books (in bed) then give him a bottle ...
It seems he's feeling insecure so whatever you do I think you need to do it slowly and gently ...
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31-01-2012 15:54 #3
We have tried that, I guess we just need to keep trying! He is so stubborn though, like he won't lay down and will just not sleep no matter how far we persist!
31-01-2012 16:39 #4Senior Member
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That does not sound fun!! I haven't had your specific issue, but I have gone through stages where my DD gets into bad sleep habits (during sickness or whatever) which I need to fix so she gets back to sleeping in her own bed through the night. I always do the gradual approach so that it is not as traumatic or stressful for both of us but that does mean that it takes me a few weeks to get her back to a bed-routine I am happy with.
If I had your problem, I would try putting your DS to sleep in the high chair as he likes but in your bedroom. Then transfer him to your bed as usual. Once he is happy with that routine (might be a week or two), I would try to introduce him to sleeping on a mattress in your room . He still goes to sleep in the highchair, then transfer him to the mattress. Then assuming he eventually gets used to that idea, you tackle the highchair problem, which I assume will be the hardest routine to break. And then gradually move the mattress into his own room if that's what you are aiming to achieve!!
Sounds like a lot of steps when I write it out like this, but it seems to work for us in a general way, but perhaps others would recommend a more direct approach
When he is asleep in your bed does he sleep through the night??
31-01-2012 17:17 #5
Most of the time, yes he sleeps till 6am and then he watches a movie either in bed or in his highchair for an hour or so before getting up for breakfast.
As for the highchair being in our room, we do that sometimes, he doesnt mind where the chair is as long as hes in it haha.
Thanks though, I will give all that a go
31-01-2012 17:47 #6
Could it be reflux? It may be more comfortable to sleep upright?
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