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17 month old keeps us up all night -- out of ideas

Posted by Kevin on January 20, 2001 at 11:25:52:

I have a 17 month old who until recently has done pretty well sleeping through the night. However, recently he has been waking up at night crying anywhere from 2-5 hours afer being put to bed. We tried the ferber method of going in and comforting him, but that only seemed to make him more upset (when he cries at night, it's an angry tantrum like cry, and when we go to comfort him, it just gets more angry). So we tried several nights of letting him cry it out. One night he cried for 4 hours before falling back asleep. After a few nights of this he was hoarse and we didn't have the heart to continue (plus it didn't seem to be working). So we started bringing him to bed with us, which makes him happy, but he wakes up crying several times in the night still (although he's quickly comforted when he feels us cuddle him) and when he's not crying, he tosses & turns & snores a lot. Sometimes he starts hitting or kicking us in the night (which is strange because he never has done that while awake).

So we're still not getting much sleep, although he's not crying, I am not sure he's getting very good sleep either. But we are out of ideas, and don't know what else to do. I've read every book i could find on baby/toddler sleep problems and nothing seems to fit his problems.

Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks!

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