How do you help a toddler to sleep?

Pauline - posted on 03/19/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter has been sleeping late since she turns three and now she is 3 1/2 and I can't still figure out how to help her. She lays awake for at least two hours on bed rolling and trying to soothe herself to sleep and she cant. She wakes up the next morning around 9 or 9:30 Sometimes she took naps and sometimes she dont. Naps around 2:00 before and now sometimes 3:30. The days she dont took naps I thought she would sleep earlier but no, still the same rolling and rolling in bed and said she cant sleep. Usually I put her down by 9 but sleep around 11 or 12 at night. I try different ways to put her to sleep. And still havent found one. I wonder if there are some toddlers have the same problem as mine. Please help! Thanks.

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Pauline - posted on 03/21/2012

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Thank you Eleanor for the reply, you remind me of why she is not sleeping early at night. A part of the autumn and the whole winter season, I stopped enrolling my daughter for swimming because of the flu and colds season. She was sleeping earlier and better before we stopped going to swimming classes.

Eleanor - posted on 03/21/2012

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Nothing helped my son- He did that for years until I got in on swim team- He just needed more physical exercise in order for him to sleep. To this day (he is 27) if he does not get enough physical exercise he takes a long time to sleep.

Pauline - posted on 03/19/2012

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Thanks Elfrieda, thats exactly what happens, all of a sudden her sleeping habits change...and I am at a lost as to how to help her falls asleep. I will do just as you suggested.

Elfrieda - posted on 03/19/2012

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This is not exactly the same situation, but I'll share my experience: My 2 year old has been a good sleeper for over a year, but suddenly started sleeping late and having trouble falling asleep for naps and in the evening, sometimes staying up as late as 10:30! (bedtime for him is 7:30-8) I wasn't sure what was going on... should I take away his nap? But he still sleeps so long once he finally sleeps...



I searched around on the internet and found a site that said that we should wake our kids up at the same time every day, no matter what time they went to bed. If we don't, they said, it's like the kids get jet-lag, which affects future sleep.



Well, I tried it. I woke my son up at 8 every morning, and then put him down for a nap at 12 and bed at 7:30. It worked within two days! It's a very easy fix if it works, with not much of a downside if it doesn't. Good luck!

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