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My toddler used to sleep through the night but lately has
been waking up every three hours hysterically crying. I don't know what to do and, since it's the middle of the night, I bring him into bed because it's the only
way he'll sleep.
Is your son falling asleep with you in the
room or is he very drowsy when he gets into the crib/bed. Does he have a pacifier that falls out? Is there anything that changes even slightly between when he
falls asleep at bedtime and when he wakes in the night?
It sounds like you
don't want him in bed with you, which means, if you're sure he's not in pain
(usually true teething pain only last a short few days), you'd want to check on
him without taking him out of the crib. In our book, "The Happy Sleeper," we call this the Sleep Wave. It's our research-based approach for turning around a sleep habit, which is what
it sounds like to me (just a new habit). Make sure he is fully conscious and
awake at when you are putting him down at bedtime though.