how do i calm my hyper 2 yr old down for bedtime?

Shannon - posted on 08/04/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 2 and refuses to go to bed. I've tried everything imaginable and nothing helps! She's super hyper sometime between after her nap and bedtime. It takes her 3-4 hours after I lay her down, for her to fall asleep....its terrible and exhausting. Then she gets up every 2-3 hours all night! Help!

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Courtney - posted on 08/08/2010

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routine, routine, routine. Do the EXACT same routine at the SAME time every night. even if that means that you have to come home early from a friends house or not go out to dinner late. Once the routine is in place and followed everynight, it should be easier to get her in bed. The routine with my son is that I give him a bath, we read a couple of books while he has a drink, and then w\hen I take him to bed (with his stuffed animal and blanket) I sing him a song and rub his back. Then I kiss him goodnight and leave the room. If he gets up...which he does sometimes...I just put him back in the bed an pat his back again and leave the room. Sometimes if he is really unsettled, I will sit next to his bed and hold him for a minute or two until he calms down and thenb I put him back in bed. The key is NOT TO GIVE IN when she keeps getting up out of bed. Let her scream, cry, whatever....just don't give in. Turst me, my daughter made herself throw up once when she was about 2 because she was throwing such a fit. It was SUPER hard for me not to go in and pick her up, but you have to do it. Don't talk to her when you put her back in bed. Just covedr her up, kiss her goodnight, pat her back maybe, and then leave again. It may take a few nights, but once she figures out she is not going to win, she WILL give up. Promise.

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Christina - posted on 08/08/2010

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my son is really hiper is there any ideas to help him calm down for bed he usually gets milk right before bed but i want to stop that any suggestion please let me know

Dyanna - posted on 08/07/2010

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I don't know if this is bad or not, but I usually put on Dora & Diego. It's kinda mindless and let's her settle some after dinner but before bed. Then we read and sing a little and she's down around 8. She'll sleep through the night and I usually have to wake her in the AM for daycare.

Sal - posted on 08/05/2010

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maybe do away with her nap, so she is really tired at bed time...it worked for my dreadful sleeper (she was a tresillian reject), my girls also love talking books on a cd player, and bed time routine is important.

Tanya - posted on 08/05/2010

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I would be skeptical about giving caffeine too, but you never know! When my daughter doesn't nap during the day, she usually doesn't wake up in the night either, which is wonderful for me after 2 years of getting up every night with her! Good luck, I hope it works!

Shannon - posted on 08/05/2010

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thanks for the info! I'm considering doing that! Her nap is usually from noon until about 1 or 2. Then we put her to bed at 8. I heard that giving her coffee would calm her down. Some kids calm down with caffeine instead of getting hyper from it. I'm skeptic on trying that though!

Tanya - posted on 08/05/2010

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I have a really hyper 2 yr old too, and one thing that has helped was quitting her naps altogether. (she quit on her own, I didn't decide to cut them out lol) Or when she does nap, I shorten it. She used to be up until midnight, but now she's in bed a little earlier. It still takes her awhile to get settled, but it seems to really help when she's not sleeping much, if at all, during the day.

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