Can anyone give me any helpful advice. My four year old son hates bedtime. He always has. He is starting school this year and i want to make sure he is getting proper sleep. I have tried everything i could think of and nothing is working. Any suggestions on how to make this routine easier for him .


Kathiren - posted on 09/03/2012




Hi Brenda I feel bad for you.You know your child needs sleep and when they fight you on it it causes a lot of tension.My now 9 year old had the same issue,he would not settle before 10pm and left his bed at least a dozen times a night.We started do a really energetic activity at least 2 hours before bed time,a bike ride,running games,even rough housing with his dad and it worked he is now going to bed each night at 7.30pm and only wakes up during the night a few times a week.Good luck I hope your child and you are sleeping well soon.

Amy - posted on 09/03/2012




My son just started first grade (last year he had afternoon kindergarten), 2 weeks before school started we started our routine. I set the alarm and woke him every morning at 6:30, actually we started at 7:30 and rolled it back 15 minutes every 3 days. Same thing with bedtime we rolled it back 15 minutes every 3 or 4 days.

At night I enforced a very strict routine. We ate dinner and then we would go outside for 30 minutes usually 6:30-7, we come in at 7 and do bath every other night, on non bath night we just relax and color. 7:30 is snack time and we are heading up for bed by 7:45, we do one or two stories and lights are off by 8. My son is asleep by 8:15 now where in the past it would take 45+ minutes to get him to sleep. A big rule that I now enforce which I hadn't in the past is no electronics after 7, it's made a huge difference! My son has been in school for a week now and I don't even need to wake him anymore because of the routine.


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Brenda - posted on 09/03/2012




Yeah it is rough. When he does go to sleep he usually sleeps through the night now but he has streaks when he doesnt. I just hate the crying. I always have. It really breaks my heart. I just want him to get the sleep he needs. Thanks for the advice. I will try anything at this point.

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