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Moms Talk Q&A: Sleep Issues

Sound-off with our Moms Council about this week's hot topic: sleep issues.

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So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation today:

How do you handle and recognize sleep issues with your children?

Does your toddler sleeps through the night? Do you have an over-active teen who is not getting enough sleep? Does one of your children frequently have nightmares or sleep walk? You name it, what has been your experience?

Guiomar Barbi Ochoa April 13, 2011 at 01:18 PM
I have to say that I'm a VERY lucky mom. My 13 month old has been sleeping through the night since she was 6 months old. I got a lot of different advice from friends telling me to read this book or try that method and we took some advice but really went with what worked for us. She naturally weaned herself from a 2AM feeding and eventually, a 10PM feeding. She now goes to bed at 7:30 and wakes up between 6:30-7. We have some issues with napping but all in all, I can't complain. I think a lot of it has to do with routine. From about 1 month, I tried to set a schedule and it has been our life saver. I'm not super strict with scheduling but I like to stick to a routine as much as possible and definitely note a difference in her if things are "off."
Judith Bunnell April 13, 2011 at 01:18 PM
Argggh I just drove like a "bat out of Hell" to get my teen to school this am because she cannot get up in the morning and somehow it is my fault! I have tried multiple wake-up tries and techniques but....
Judith Bunnell April 13, 2011 at 02:10 PM
...of course, now she is texting me that she left something at home that she needs for school.....that would be a big "N-O" from me on driving it up to her!
Guiomar Barbi Ochoa April 13, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Judy...at what time does she go to bed? I feel like teenagers have so many distractions between computers and texting that they don't get to bed until really late. Could that be part of the problem? Granted, I hated waking up when I was in high school!
Judith Bunnell April 13, 2011 at 03:49 PM
You are absolutely correct...she was still doing homework and texting and listening to music...and....when I went to bed at 11 pm. She gets good grades so I am not sure how to enforce going to bed...but I really hate the drama in the morning!
Jennifer Perry April 13, 2011 at 05:09 PM
All my kids have different sleep patterns. My first was a great sleeper - slept through the night since about 10 weeks. We were able to keep a pretty good schedule and never really had a rough time through teething and he would take 3 hour naps in the afternoon. He's now my early morning riser. My daughter didn't sleep through the night until about 6 months and has always been the night owl/late riser - Judy - I'm not looking forward to dealing with that if it holds in her teenage years ;-) Then the next son didn't sleep through the night until 9 - 10 months. If the trend held I was worried when my littlest came along that she wouldn't sleep thru until like 1. She ended up sleeping thru at 8 weeks, but then at 7 months had issues with teething and has gone back in forth between sleeping and needing to be settled a few times a night. Eventually she'll work it out, but its exhausting. She's the last, and I've never been able to do the cry it out plan. We usually do the pat and shhh method... Part of the problem is that she needs to take an early nap, because we have to pick up the older kids from school at 3pm - I guess that's what happens when you are the last of 4 - you have to learn to be flexible.
Jennifer Perry April 13, 2011 at 05:13 PM
Our ideal bedtime for the older ones is 8:30pm, but its often 9:30pm before they get to bed. Part of the problem is that dad doesn't get home until like 8:15pm and they want to see him and spend time reading with him when he gets home. Also - I feel like the evenings go by so quickly with homework/dinner/bath etc. I can only imagine it gets worse as they get older. Judy - how does your daughter find the time to do homework and still manage to get to sleep? I'm sure she's got a lot more than a 3rd grader and a Kindergartner ;-) Do you ever just say - enough is enough with homework - I've heard stories of high schoolers having so much homework that they have to stay up late to do it.

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