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Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: CS | 2007/04/11

Q.

3yr old Sleeps in mommy's bed & TANTRUMS

Hi, I have a 3 yr old son who doesn' want to sleep in his own bed. I have tried all sorts of tactics but my imagination has now finally run out. We have a consistent bedtime routine but unfortunately it looks like waking up (an hour after his gone to bed in his own room) and walking to mommy's room is now apart of it. What do I do when he wakes up and comes to me? I tried carrying him back but that sets off tantrums that keep us awake untill about 2 'o clock. When I put him to sleep in his own bed his restless untill he wakes up & comes to me. Sometimes he also starts crying in his sleep (only in his own room) and when I go to him it looks like his looking through me & his totally unresponsive (this goes on for about 1/2h) he can't tell me what's wrong although he has excellent language skills, he just keeps crying and saying mommy over & over..In my bed he sleeps like an angel. We only have this sleeping problem at our home. At my mother in-laws he sleeps in his own bed although the bed is in their room. He also NEVER has tantrums with anyone but me & his dad. During the day he sleeps approx 2-3 hours but he's VERY ACTIVE and can't walk, he RUNS. He also has an imaginary friend who often eats with us, plays, baths you name it... He's an only child and goes to daycare (I work from 8-5} I would really appreciate anyones suggestions on the sleep & tantrum issue.

Thanks!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is a very common problem and I refer you to our regular forum members for assitance.

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