My 3 year old has recently decided she does not like going to sleep at night. I put her to bed at about 8pm and she will cintinue playing up for about another 2 hrs! I have tried being nice and patient and also being stern (but I don't want bedtime to become a horrible thing) - can anyone help? She used to be absolutely fine going to bed and now.....???

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Savannah - posted on 01/06/2014

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My son is almost 3 an I'm starting to have the same problem he use to go to bed around 7:30 an wake up 6 he don't go for naps anymore but recintly he's been not wanting to sleep till 1am tho he still wakes up at6 or even sleep in his own room it's gottin to the point were he wakes up his baby sister an I'm at the point were I'm getting zero sleep please help

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Kelly - posted on 11/24/2013

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My 3 yr old son used to sleep fine but now he will stay up all night, nap throughout the day and repeat the whole scenario I cant get it switched back-have no idea on what to do- any information would be great

Claire - posted on 04/14/2011

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i know this is not really of relevance but maybe along the same lines? we have a son with slight cp and sometimes he wont go to sleep until about 1am in the morning but we tried phenergan liquid to help him go to sleep (you can buy it over the counter at pharmasists) if that doesn't work,we now switch off cartoons or movies at 9pm and tell him it is calm down time and he has an hour before bed this now works and he is asleep before 10pm. then we make him walk up the stairs as he is getting to heavy to carry (8yrs old) and he sleeps in his own bed as the door is shut he sleeps right through until 7am hope this helps

Elizabeth - posted on 04/08/2010

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My 4 year old hardly takes naps unless we think its going to be a long day for him. We find laying down with him for a little while works and he falls asleep. But he can also have a hard time sleeping. I tell him as long as he's quiet he can have a book or toy in the bed with him until he gets tired.

Jarnice - posted on 04/02/2010

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I dropped the nap & my daughter still won't go to sleep. My 4 year old will stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning and there is NO making her go to sleep. I have tried everything. By 9 am she's right back up! She's does this like 3 nights a week. I'm an insomniac so it doesn't bother me but she is about to go to school and I need to get her on a sleep schedule!!!

Elizabeth - posted on 01/29/2009

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Ladies, I am in the same situation with my three year old daughter. She doesn't have naps, unless she falls asleep on the road, so I know come 7pm with the yawns and the crankiness that she's tired, but she fights it. She can't get out of her room because we have one of those child proof knobs on the inside, so instead she bangs on the door til we come, and unfortunately you can only listen to the banging so long. We ended up putting drawer locks on her dresser (which was pointless because her little hands fit in anyway) because every night she empties them and has her own little fashion show. She used to be the best sleeper, and we had no problems getting her to go to sleep, but when her little brother Kaden made his debut back in July that ended and we've been fighting ever since.

Stella - posted on 01/27/2009

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My son does exactly the same thing if he's had a nap during the day. Ironically, he only has a nap now if he's woken up a 5am and worn himself out during the day. I just try not to allow the nap to last more than 30mins, 1hr at most.

Nicole - posted on 01/24/2009

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Our son started doing this when he was just under 2. Turned out what the issue was that he was getting too much sleep. Now that seems odd even to me as he was only getting maybe 12 hours a day which is about what he should be at, but when we cut his nap out he stopped staying up and playing and generally conks right out. There is theodd time he doesnt, and we are finding now that he wants a snack at night, once he has that and his cup and teddy hes fine. The rare occasiona that doesnt work then after his routine and he has everything then he gets told he either stays in bed or else his door gets closed, Thats a big thing with him not sure why but it is. It would work with something else they dont like at bedtime, like if they prefer to look at a book after dont let them have to book etc. Good luck.

Autum - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hello there, I have a similar problem because my 3 year old started doing that very thing except his big excuse is he always needs to go pee pee or poo poo. I am strong believer in spanking, when it's needed, and what we started doing with him is have a bedtime routine. He eats dinner gets to watch a little movie for about 30 minutes and then he takes a bath after which he gets dressed and we read books for about 30 minutes. After all that he is required to lay in his bed and go to sleep. Now if he can't go to sleep rite away he is at least required to stay in bed and relax till he is tired enough to fall asleep on his own. If he gets up he is escorted back to his bed, I say good night and I leave the room. If he gets up again after I put him back in his bed that is when he gets spanked. It's not to hurt him because I'm mad at him, it's a spanken to let him know that I'm the boss and when mommy tells him to sleep he needs to sleep. I know not everyone believes in spanking their child (and I only believe spanking should be done in a loving manner and should be explain to the child why he/she is getting the spanking) and if you are one of those people who doesn't spank I'm sorry and you can disregard my help but if you do believe in spanking in a loving way (as odd as that sounds) this may help you.

Angie - posted on 01/20/2009

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hi! sorry, i have no advise.  i have the same problem except it's worse cause i can't keep my 3 yo in his bed or his room.  he goes to bed at almost 11pm every night unless he had a long day!  he used to go to bed at 9pm and lay there till he fell asleep.  well now he lets his imagination get the best of him and he says he's scared. a tiger is going to get him, etc etc etc.

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