Tips to get 3 1/2 year old to sleep?

Debbie - posted on 02/04/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 3 1/2 year old won't go to sleep on his own - I have to sit by his bed and rub his back - sometimes it is 5 minutes and sometimes 40 minutes - need advice

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Jozlen Destiney Kaylyn - posted on 06/12/2014

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sometimes i just lay my nephew down and let him cry his self to sleep

Jozlen Destiney Kaylyn - posted on 06/12/2014

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thank you so much i got my nephew to go to sleep by rubbing his back and it took about 10 minutes to get him to go sleep but it works so thank you

Jozlen Destiney Kaylyn - posted on 06/11/2014

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the way that i get my nephew to sleep is i tell him that he has to go to sleep or he cant go on a walk with me and his 4 year old brother!!!

Stephanie - posted on 02/07/2010

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Good news - the Supernanny Stay In Bed technique worked - it was tough, but after an hour she stayed in bed and stayed there through the night - she took her nap yesterday and today and slept last night without much fuss too. I'm hoping that within the next few days we'll all catch up on our sleep debt and we'll go back to our "normal" routine!http://www.circleofmoms.com/thread.php?e...

Kelly - posted on 02/07/2010

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I have a 3 1/2 year old too that really wants to have us sleep with him and rub his back. What we've been doing (and this helps) is reading him 2 books (only 2-he chooses them), and then we tell him a story and rub his back (with the lights off), and then we leave his room (door open). We tell him that we're on the other side of the wall if he needs anything and we can hear him if he talks to us. We also have told him that on special nights he can sleep with us or us with him, but not every night. He seems to have taken to this routine and sleeps on his own. It does take him awhile to fall asleep, but nonetheless, he does it on his own. Good luck.

Melissa - posted on 02/06/2010

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I am having the same problem. My daughter turned 3 in December. About 6 months ago she decided that she needed to sleep with the light on. She has been sleeping in a toddler bed since 15 months. I have never had a problem with getting her to sleep before. She has always gone down starting at 7pm. Since the age of 6 months. I will turn the light off after her full bedtime routine. She has two night lights. I will come back and check on her about 30 min to an hour later and she has turned her light on and is playing. I wake her up at 6 am to get ready for school. She is super grumpy in the morning and her school says she sleeps through breakfast sometimes. Last night at 11:30 I finally grabbed her and put her in my bed. She fell asleep in 10 min. Not really sure what to do. How can she go from a bedtime of 7-8 to 11:30?

Stephanie - posted on 02/05/2010

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Our girl will turn 3 next week, and until 2 weeks ago she went to sleep in her room in her bed by herself with no problem at the end of our nighttime routine, but now she will scream and cry and run out of our room when we leave her room at night, and she will only sleep if one of us is sitting by her bed or if she is lying on my husband's chest in the chair in her room - we will not let her in our bed! We went to the SuperNanny site today and we are going to try this tonight because as it is now we are only getting maybe 5 hours of sleep a night - http://www.supernanny.com/TV-Show/Clips/... We have got to stop this! We have no idea why it started all of a sudden - she doesn't say she is scared of anything, just that she doesn't want to go to sleep.

Izelle - posted on 02/04/2010

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sounds so familiar. we used to have a tv in her room so she can watch and fall asleep, but then she only would go to bed at 10pm or later. now we have taken it out and i have to sit by her or she will cry, now i have discovered if i sit by her for 10min and shes not asleep i would tell her i quickly have to go do something and just leave her to fall asleep. its helped so far but i dont know how long that will last.

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