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Neither of my children sleep through the night Lock Rss

Hi, I have a son who is just over 2 and a daughter who is 7.5 months and neither of them sleep through the night (and never have).
My son goes to sleep around 7:30 most nights on the floor in the lounge room. We then transfer him to his bed. He always wakes at least once through the night in tears crying that he wants his daddy/mommy. Normally the only thing that settles him is my husband hoping into bed with him. We have tried letting him cry but it wakes my daughter up.
My daughter normally goes to bed around the same time. I generally feed her to sleep. Lately she has been waking aroung 4 times a night. When she wakes the first time, I put her in bed with us (often my husband is already in bed with my son) and feed her. When she wakes again through the night, I feed her. I have tried not feeding her but she gets upset and cries which then wakes my son up.
How do I get them both to sleep through the night without each of them disturbing the others sleep? At least with the current arrangement, we get some sleep but I don't want my daughter to develop the same habits as my son. I haven't had a full nights sleep since my son was born! And it would be nice for my husband and I to spend a full night in bed together.
Please help.

tina f


tina f

Hi Tina,
No doubt you're exhausted.
Both your children have sleep associations and unless you teach them to sleep independently by settling them awake into their beds then this won’t change.
Your son falls asleep in one place and wakes in another and does not know how to resettle himself and your daughter falls asleep with a feed and looks for the same comfort to return to sleep.
You would need to perhaps use some settling techniques to get them to sleep initially.

You can get an overview of our settling program from the <a href=" https://www.huggies.com.au/BeingAParent/YourBab... Baby’s Sleep</a> section of the Huggies site or for more detail, and a visual demonstration, from <a href="It&#39;s time to sleep&lt;/a" />It's Time To Sleep</a> DVD&BOOK.

Cheers Maree

It's Time to Sleep

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