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My 21 Month Old Won't Sleep

My 21 month old son won't sleep at night or take naps. He may go to sleep between 12 and 3am. If he falls asleep he will wake up then won't go back to sleep. We are about to go insane. Don't know what to do anymore. He screams and throws everything out of his crib. Need help and fast.

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I am still having issues, but I think things will get better soon. I have found out alot of times he is hungry when he wakes. I just give him a little something to munch on and a little to drink and then he will go straight back to bed. Sometimes this doesn't work, but we are still trying things. Hopefully it is just a stage and will change soon.

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Some allergies can cause this also. I would take him to a pediatric allergist and they can test him for different allergies. I had to do that with my youngest, when we cut out the things he was allergic too, it helped so much. Also if he is one who has a active mind, putting on a lullabye music CD can help him concentrate on the music and put him to sleep better then just being put to bed. My kids always listened to music at bedtime to calm down their minds. It really helps.

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I've heard from several other moms that a child who won't sleep could have an ear infction. Have you had him checked by your doctor?

Your child is overly tired. You need to get a sleep book. We had problems like that when our first was six months old. And we got the book Good Night Sleep Tight, by Kim West. It saved us. And we haven't had problems since. Nap training is hard to do so start with his night sleep. He should be going to bed between 7-8pm. It also sounds like he doesn't know how to fall back asleep on him own. The book is great with that and you don't have to let him cry it out. Once you get his nighttime sleep under control then you can start with the nap training. Trust me go get the book. We found the book because the "Sleep Lady" as she is called was on Oprah. But yeah it is just that you child is overly tired.

Have you tried putting him in a big boy bed? My daughter wouldn't sleep through the night until we put her in a big girl bed with rails at 26 months and she has slept through the night ever since.

M.

Hi! I'm very sorry this is going on-we never get enough sleep, and with a fussy little one, it just makes matters worse.
First off, how is his nighttime schedule? Does he have a set bedtime? My son (who is 20 months) started waking up from about 11 to 2 a.m, and would scream and thrash around- nothing could console him. We checked around on the internet and asked his pediatrician, and found that one of the main reasons for this is overtiredness. We pushed his bedtime back 1/2 hour and it stopped.
Maybe your little one needs to get to bed earlier? Even if it takes him a while to fall asleep when he's in his bed, he can use it for quiet time and calm down a little bit.
Good luck!

C.; first of all when he is asleep , at 12 take all his stuff out of the crib, maybe he is rollling on stuff and cant sleep, second of all, maybe he needs a bit of food, in his tummy before going to bed, also he may be lonely , and may just want to be held or he had a bad dream, we all do that, we all get some of those dreams that wake us up and we dont want to go back to sleep, any way , just love him and he should be better, D. s

The nap part might be a phase, because my boys stopped taking naps most of the time by the time they were 1 1/2 yrs. old, and then started up again at about 2 1/2 yrs. old. You might try switching to a regular bed though for getting him to sleep. At a year old we switched our boys to toddler beds, and after that it was easier to get them to go to bed. Before hand they would just scream non-stop when we put them to bed, but after we switched them to toddler beds we were able to put them in bed, and one of us would sit in between their beds and put them back in every time they got out for 15 min. Then we would read to them for 15 min. and after a couple of times of that they would be out. One of them would get up and join us in bed in the middle of the night though, but after they hit two years old and we moved them to full size beds that stopped.

Brain activity and sleep are the connection you are looking to solve. You son has too much brain activity. To minimize it, read food labels to find the following brain activity stimulating foods to eliminate from his diet:

corn syrup and corn syrup solids, food dyes (FD&C red, green, yellow, blue...), caffeine and chocolate, corn meal, enriched white flour and refined sugar.

Start your son on a diet that is high in whole foods, fruits, vegetables and meats. Then make sure to give him a very high protein, no sugar snack before bed: cheese and whole grain bread, cheese and whole grain crackers, un-sweetened peanut butter and bread, beans and rice...

In our culture, children like this are labeled ADHD when in fact they are just fed too many brain stimulants. Eliminating these NOW will help him to calm down and become restful again.

You will also need to eliminate television at night - it is too stimulating for sensitive children. Long stories from chapter books before bed, read slowly and quietly, will prepare his brain for sleep instead of restless dreams.

Go to www.thomhartmann.com and look for his books on ADHD for more help with your active and sensitive son.

Some allergies can cause this also. I would take him to a pediatric allergist and they can test him for different allergies. I had to do that with my youngest, when we cut out the things he was allergic too, it helped so much. Also if he is one who has a active mind, putting on a lullabye music CD can help him concentrate on the music and put him to sleep better then just being put to bed. My kids always listened to music at bedtime to calm down their minds. It really helps.

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