Toddler Awakens to Eat During Night

by margaret
(perth, australia)

My 15 month old girl slept through the night at 3 months - 1 year, but since then wakes for 1 or 2 solid feeds during the night.

She is above her weight range about 65% on the purple book and loves food, if it were up to her she would eat every hour. Her routine is to have breakfast cereal at 5 and at 7 breakfast again at daycare. 9am snack, 11am lunch (usually 2 bowls at daycare. sleep 11.30 - 12.30 or 1pm. snack at 2.30pm. snack at 4.30 pm. Dinner at 5pm and a whole piece of vegamite toast at 6 before bed at 6.30.

And with all that she wakes most night at 12 and 4 am for a bowl of weetbix.

I've tried the cry out technique but she won't settle. The only thing i can do is take her for a walk in the pram till she settles back to sleep for a couple of hours. But being winter this is getting to be a ridiculous option as after a week of this she was still waking for food.

Can you please give me some advise?

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Jul 08, 2010
Toddler Wakes Up to Eat at Night
by: Laura Ramirez

I understand your frustration. Here are my suggestions:

Every night, while tucking your daughter in, tell her that she is going to sleep through the night without awakening. Tell her that if she can do this, she will get to have her favorite meal for breakfast. Hopefully, this meal is something healthy.

Sleeping Angels for Preschoolers program is CD that your child falls to sleep to which gives powerful, positive suggestions while your child sleeps. This program will help your child on many different levels.

Try feeding your daughter a heavy, satisfying meal two hours before bed. Make sure it is a meal that creates stable blood sugar: lean protein, healthy fats and lots of fresh vegetables. Do not feed your child carbs or sugars at this meal.

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