how do i get my 2 year old to go to bed??

Jackie - posted on 08/16/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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i am having trouble getting my 2 year old into a proper routine. i live in a one floor flat, so it is all on the same level, he wont go to his bed so i have to keep him in the lounge in his playpen, and he falls asleep usually around 11pm. he gets up everyday about 7.30-8. he is still having a nap in the day, and i am trying to phase this out so he will be more tired and i can get him to bed earlier, but it doesnt seem to be working that way, he is just up even later, visibly vey tired but fighting it so much and running around with so much energy, he is a little hyperactive. so i dont know what to do, carry on trying to stop the daytime nap, or not? any suggestions would be great x

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Tracey - posted on 08/17/2010

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Maybe try to read to him for 15 20 min before bed to calm him down. Turn off all the noise for a while (tv radio) or try a bath as well or a short walk they seem to work for my little guy and we are also in a one floor place. we change it up where one day will be a bath the other a walk. maybe one book after the walk or bath when he is in his pj's and ready for bed :) or just a lot of books and no walk or bath depending on the day :) hope you find something that works for you soon.

Stephanie - posted on 08/17/2010

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My son was the same way and we are working on getting him into a regular routine since I am pregnant with number 2 and it will be easier. We would stick him in his bed and every time he would get up walk him right back in there with out talking to him and just lay him down, it takes about 30 mins and he is normally out. We are trying to cut out any naps during the day cause then he will want to go to bed earlier, we also have a fan that runs in his room at night to drowned out any other noises like from the tv or us talking. I would just make him go to his bed and keep putting him back in it till he finally falls asleep. I know the first time we did it, it took us a little over an hour till he finally went to bed, persistence and patience and you will get him to sleep in his own bed.

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Natalie - posted on 08/25/2010

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Our son is 24mnths and we are lucky because he loves going to bed at night. We always have quiet time on the couch leading up to bedtime and give him warnings that he has to go to bed soon. As we have a newborn my husband takes our 2yr old to bed. We started this leading up to the new bub arriving. Our son loves books and he has a lot of them so my husband gets him to pick two books he would like to hear and they lay in bed and read them. 99% of the time he will roll over and go off to sleep after 2 books. Mind you sometimes he pushes for more stories but we keep it consistant at only 2 books. He still has a day nap (anywhere between 1 - 2 hrs) and I find if he misses that nap he is harder to settle that night. He is very active and get overtired without his day nap.

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My second son is also difficult at bed time. He gets out of bed a lot instead of lying quietly in his bed until he falls asleep. I keep putting him back in until he starts getting tired, and then he will lie in bed chatting away and slowly unwind until he's ready to go to sleep. The more tired he is at bedtime, the more calmly he will go to bed. I think it's partly the age, but also his personality. He's much less calm than his older brother, who will usually lie quietly in his bed until he falls asleep, even if it takes him over an hour. He might get up a couple of times to go to the toilet, but not just to run around the house being silly.

Jackie - posted on 08/18/2010

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tried again 2 days ago, kept him busy all day and he went to bed at 7.30!! i had a lovely relaxing night in my quilt on the sofa with a cup of tea and watched supernatural! dont get to have any of that mythical 'me' time. he did wake me up at 3am, but wet back to sleep at 4 til 8. he was up at 7am today so he is looking rather tired now its lunchtime (uk) will keep trying though. it is hard work but it will be worth it in the end! thanks guys x x :)

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