I need HELP with a non-sleeper with onery habits!!!!

Heather - posted on 12/09/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 year old lil boy that will not stay in bed after we have fallin asleep. I lay in bed listening for him in his room for as long as I can to see if he is up but usually lose the fight to sleep. I then wake up to things unplugged, drawers empty with the contents thrown all over the floor, his diaper off and pee somewere, and always seems to get into something that needs the poison control called! Ive tried everything time-outs, spankings, no naps so he will be tired nothing works. I need help and advice to keep him in his room, its driving me nuts and I have 0 patience left and im so sleep deprived!! My husband is a heavy sleeper so there is no help in that department and my son sleeping with us or vice versa is not an option (I dont want to start that habit). PLEASE HELP!

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Lise - posted on 12/11/2011

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Maybe he's not ready to go to sleep so he's playing? I know that with my daughter (who can open her door, so she doesn't destroy her room but comes into ours), if I tried to put her down and she wasn't sleepy, she won't stay.

Tina - posted on 12/11/2011

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I have a safety gate on my sons bedroom door to keep him in but I can still hear him. Have the lamp on or something for him. He's normally full on and doesn't stop til he drops. I try to make sure there's nothing in his room that I don't want him to get too just his toys eventually after a while of playing he wears himself out and goes to sleep. I try to keep him out his nappy as best I can by putting one of those body suits on and some shorts. If you have to put things on his drawers so he can't get into them. I'm sure there are safety things that you can use or tape that you can take off when you need to get into them. Definately try to stay away from sugary snacks. I know how you feel my son just keeps going and it's very tiring, and I also have a 5 month old that likes a routine is in bed early and wakes up early. For me it was just a matter of making his room as safe as possible and just letting him go he goes to sleep when he's ready. I try to make sure he can't get to the power points in his room just by placing the furniture so he can get to it. And having safetly plugs. Also try to make sure he's had enough to drink during the day so he's not too thirsty around bed time and if he is he wont need too much. Less messes.

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