how do i help my hyper active child settle down before bed?

Angel - posted on 09/09/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my 2 1/2 year old is very hyper active and is hard to settle at night, i need suggestions on how to calm her down so she doesnt have problems going to sleep. shes hyper all the time, so its not very often shes calm. if this makes sense to anyone. im not sure how to explain it.

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Jennifer - posted on 09/22/2009

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My little boy is the same way. 2 1/2 and never stops. (at all) We set up a dinner, bath then (hair, and teeth) then we let him sit and watch Caillou. when he finally sits and watches it he finally slows down and just watches it. after that it is story and bed, now does he stay in bed no he still gets up, but after Caillou he is quiet, and moves slower, tired like, it really helps wind him DOWN for the night.

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Arhea - posted on 09/29/2009

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mine is the same way i just read her a book or two or put on like some kind of lame tv show my lil girl is 21/2 as well try that its always worked for me

User - posted on 09/25/2009

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I also have a hyper 2 1/2 year old (and almost 6 year old). We have found having bath time followed by a couple of stories gets them calmed down.

Morgan - posted on 09/25/2009

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My son likes to watch the Thomas the train movies. Since they are still pictures, it calms him down more than any other movie. Just put the volume on low and he falls asleep before it is over.

Sheena - posted on 09/21/2009

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Reading is a great way to calm mine down maybe it will work for you too. I just curl up with them in the rocking chair and they climb in its warm and relaxing it makes me sleepy too!

Whitney - posted on 09/13/2009

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if he does get out of bed, have a safety gate at the door and ignore him. Then he will know that it is not doing any good and stop getting out of bed

Veronica - posted on 09/09/2009

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My son is the same way. He bounces all day, most of the time to the point that he doesn't even take a nap anymore. somedays I think I'm going to go nuts. The best way I found for him is a solid routine. At about an hour before bed he gets his bath (if it's bath nite) and the Johnson's bedtime bath does help a little. Then after his bath we sit in the recliner with his glass of milk and read a story. Once the story is done we sit and snuggle until bed time. Then when it's bed time, it's bedtime. I put him in his bed, turn on his music, and turn out the light and close the door. Now that he is in a toddler bed he gets up at least 2 time right after I lay him down. I just don't waste any time and put him right back into bed.

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