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2-year-old goes bed at 7 p.m., then wakes up between 9 and 10 p.m. and won't go back to
sleep until 3 to 4 a.m. It's a nightmare! He's gone through
periods of this happening before and, most recently, after his preschool program
It happens even if I have him running around all day.
Wow! You must be exhausted. It
sounds like you're linking this night-waking to a big life change (ending his
preschool program without much warning), and I think that's a smart
observation. I wonder what he thinks about this sudden change and if he has
feelings about it? Can you ask him to draw, write or talk about what happened
and see if he has questions or thoughts about his friends and teachers? I would
also tell him the story about it in simple terms to help him make sense of it.
You could create a book with simple pictures about the people, the school, his
new routine and so forth.
No doubt, life changes and stress can
cause little ones to have sleep troubles. It's certainly true for big people. I
wonder if he needs a little more down time in his bedtime routine, like reading or child-led play
(check out "The Happy Sleeper" for more explanation of this technique, which is
really helpful before bed). It's amazing how 10 minutes
extra time with Mom or Dad before bed can help fill the tank.
If you're helping him make sense of the
change, and if he's got a regular bedtime routine that has nice connection time
with you, and ends with him falling asleep independently and confidently, then
I bet this period of night waking will soon pass.