Motherhood, Musings

My 2.5 year old doesn’t sleep through the night.

We need to talk about sleep, yours and your toddlers.

I’m knackered, absolutely knackered because… drumroll here please people… my 2.5 year old toddler doesn’t sleep through the night and I can’t seem to fix it.

Drinking coffee because my toddler doesn't sleep through the night
She used to, she was a very good baby and used to go to bed with no problem and sleep pretty much 6pm till 6am.

I would walk around all rested and smug. How naive I was. Now, every single night is a battle of wills. Every single night we end up shouting at each other and somebody cries.

She wants water or a cuddle or it’s too dark/light/warm/cold. Then there’s potty training, once you try and take them out of nappies at night they’ve got you by the balls haven’t they?

They ‘need a wee’ approximately every 8 minutes but surprise surprise never actually do one. But you just know that the one time you don’t go up because you think they’re playing you, is the time they will wet the bed and then you’re up there changing all the bedding.

Even when I do eventually get her to sleep, she wakes up multiple times throughout the night. When she wakes up during the night she doesn’t actually want anything and is very easy to settle back to sleep but still, night after night of broken sleep is taking its toll.

I really miss my evenings.

I find that once she’s finally asleep I’m so exhausted that I just lie on the sofa like a big useless lump and achieve nothing. I then go to bed feeling guilty and lazy.

Toddler asleep during the day but not the night! Toddler sleep problems.
She had a danger nap at 4pm today.

I couldn’t rouse her because she was so tired so I left her till 5 and now I’m stuck in the ‘when the hell can I put her to bed’ limbo. I want her to go to bed now so I can watch Scandal and drink coffee and generally arse about doing nothing, but I know she won’t go to sleep and I will be up and dow the stairs every five minutes.

Is that awful? That I want her to go to bed?

I need my evenings for my sanity!! I need my evenings to watch TV that isn’t Masha and the Bear.

I really hope someone has some advice… anyone?! Anyone at all?!

The Pramshed

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7 thoughts on “My 2.5 year old doesn’t sleep through the night.

  1. My kids all slept through from just a few weeks old, so can’t really help you. But my sister has 4 kids and her eldest has always had problems sleeping and he is now nearly 9. #fortheloveofBLOG

  2. It’s tough isn’t it! My daughter is six now, she stopped having mid afternoon naps at around 2pm and since then has been rubbish at going to bed. She’s just not tired, even now she’s at school she just can’t switch off until 8.30-9pm most nights and has been like that for years. She has so much energy from the moment she wakes too! On the plus side, once she’s asleep she sleeps so deeply and lays in at the weekend. #fortheloveofblog

  3. Gosh this is tricky. My daughter was a regular waker until 20 months then she settled a bit more. Now she will wake every so often. Although I never say never – I’ve been up and down in the night enough to not get complacent now.

    What does she do if you don’t go up to her? Recently my little one has had a bout of the Terrible Twos and she has been fighting going to bed. She’s screamed for water and for a wee in the potty (although she’s still in nappies because she’s only just started potty training). After several times of going in I usually have to just leave her either playing or crying her head off until she decides it’s time to go to sleep.

    Aside from leaving her for a bit longer before going in to see if she’ll just calm down, the only other advice I can offer is ride it out. It’ll be a phase and eventually it will pass. #fortheloveofBLOG

  4. My 14 month old plays this game too. Not sleeping in the day, waking at night. I want to sleep in muddy fields I am so tired. My almost three year old is a great sleeper so I understand the smugness!! They all tell me it won’t last- the non sleeping. So I am stuck with that advice
    It HAS to be true!!!!

  5. Oh gosh hun that sounds like a nightmare, and I really hope it improves for you, and so you can get your evenings back. Sleep and children do not mix. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  6. Mine are not very good sleepers either (age 2 and 3). Most nights I’m up at least once with one of them, and they get up pretty early too. The nights they sleep best seem to be when they’ve had loads of fresh air, eaten a lot for dinner and ONLY had a sleep before 1pm… know what you mean about needing the evening to yourself!

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