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Posted by: LittleManMom | 2008/06/18

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Sleep Problems

My son is a little over 2 years, and lately has been refusing to sleep in his cot at night, he screams and screams, i have never let him scream for more than 20 minutes as I know its not a naughty scream, he is really upset. If i take him out his cot, put him next to me in my bed and switch off the lights, he goes to sleep.

I later move him back to his cot and then he is fine.

Could this be some sort of fear or a sign he should be moved to a bed?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Your son is probably ready to be moved to a bed, but this is not the main reason for his sleep problem. The problem may have started off with night terrors which are common at this age.Now he knows that if he cries long enough you will take him into your bed.As he is fine when you put him back in his cot when he is asleep, he does not seem to be having the night terrors any more.You could start him off in his own bed now and make a fuss about what a big boy he is and also you should read to him before he falls asleep. If he wakes up and starts crying you should not take him into your bed, hard as this may be for you.He should be allowed to cry for longer and longer peiods.Set a limit on the time, each time adding a minute to the crying time before going to him. Just go to him each time, reassure him, kiss him good night and leave the room. Eventually he will get the message and stay in his bed.

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Posted by: LittleManMom | 2008/06/18

My son is also 5 weeks prem, but i did sleep training at about 4 or 5 months. I guess i was tired of rocking him to sleep every night and him taking 6 half hour naps in the day.

I only did it for a week and after that he started having 2 naps a day, 1 3hr and one 2 hour. He was also sleeping through the night from 19:00. He dropped the 3 hr nap eventually.

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Posted by: Stix | 2008/06/18

I have the same problem with my 14mth old. If she's completely out then she sleeps in her cot but if she's even slightly alert then she cries to come to bed. We tried the sleep training thing with her, poor thing upset herself so much that she threw up. I don't know what to do. She was 5 wks prem so I find myself spoiling her. She's also still very babyish for her age and doesn't understand that we're not punishing her. Good luck with your little one. Sorry no advice to offer but just wanted you to know you're not alone in your situation.

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