Movies before bed?

Whitney - posted on 08/04/2015 ( 21 moms have responded )

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It it okay to let my kids watch a movie when they are going to bed?

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/06/2015

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OR, you may have to put them to bed in different rooms, or even different times. The 2 year old might be ready for bed, but sees the older one up and wanting to play. It can definitely disrupt sleep.

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Sarah - posted on 08/10/2015

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I know you mentioned they get up at 7, if they go to bed at 8:30 but fight with you for hours and don't fall asleep until 10, then they may need more nighttime sleep. I just found that if we missed bedtime by even a half hour, we'd have a late night.

Sarah - posted on 08/10/2015

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I found that if I put my kids down a bit earlier they actually went to sleep more readily. Mine all stopped naps before 3, were up at 6-7 and in bed by 6:30. Maybe try starting the routine a bit earlier? Once the kids were past the threshold of initial sleepiness, they'd be up for a long while.

Jodi - posted on 08/10/2015

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I find that interesting, Little Miss, because my daughter refused naps from the time she was about 2, and there was no way they could get her to nap at daycare. There were quite a few by the age of 4 that were never going to nap, so they had an alternative program for them doing quiet activities in a separate area. You can't force a kid to nap. That was a different daycare than my son went. So maybe it is just a difference in how daycares operate where we live. I think we also pay a lot more, so perhaps there is the difference. It is about $350 a week to send a child to daycare full time here, or about $80 a day. Definitely worth asking.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/06/2015

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When they are there for 7 hours as she suggests, it is usually built into the day. The daycares I had BOTH of my children at (2 separate ones) if they were there for a full day they got a nap. No choice.

Whitney, ask the daycare if they offer a no nap routine. If all the kids are required to take naps, they may not make an exception. But it is worth asking I suppose.

Jodi - posted on 08/06/2015

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"Well, in daycare, they will get a nap period. You have no choice in that matter."

You actually do in many places. My son's daycare that age group had nap time, but many didn't nap, and they were permitted to lay and read or do quiet activities. I asked them not to allow my son to fall asleep, and they kept him awake. It can be negotiated. I've known others who have done this in other daycares too.

I could always tell the days he fell asleep and the days they kept him awake. Such a difference at bedtime.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/06/2015

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Well, in daycare, they will get a nap period. You have no choice in that matter.

But with your 2 year old, maybe shorten the nap. If he really needs a nap, then he needs one. Up the bed time to 9pm if you can. Also, maybe give the bath before dinner. My daughter tends to wake up more AFTER a bath (weird right? But my husband is the same way. If he takes a shower before bed, it will take him hours to fall asleep.....which means no shower before bedtime for both of them). Give it a try and see how that goes.

Michelle - posted on 08/06/2015

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I have to 4 year and I started having great difficulty with bed time too. I did as you suggested I took their nap away completely and havent had a problem since.

Jodi - posted on 08/06/2015

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Whitney, is the older child generally the one instigating the difficulties at bedtime? In that, are the 4 year old's habits disrupting the other one, and therefore, BOTH children are being difficult at bedtime? I just ask, because at 4, maybe it is time to remove the nap. I remember that being the age my son became a nightmare to get to bed at bedtime, and I had to cut his daytime sleep altogether to change that. Once I managed to cut the nap, and had a good, established bedtime routine around that, he was so great to get to bed. Part of that routine did include some reading time together. But never screen time - screen time actually activates the brain and will be more likely to increase the current behaviour.

Lindsey - posted on 08/05/2015

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Being that your children are only 2 and 4, spending meaningful time with them by reading stories and singing are much better choices. I am personally against using tv to fall asleep, no matter your age. With little ones, it will QUICKLY become an almost unbreakable habit.

Whitney - posted on 08/05/2015

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My kids are up at 7 am every morning like girl goes to school from 730 until 230 me and my boy got to park, swim I bulid club houses inside for them and so on and so on I try soo hard to keep them going all day my gurl take an hr nap at school and my son take a 1hr and thirty min nap at home around 12 after he eats lunch I fees the really good food for dinner they get all of the food courts they get a warm bath with velvet bubbles because my mom told me velvet is suppose to calm them they brush there teeth and i put velvet lotion on them and they are in bed by 8:30.........

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/05/2015

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I'd have to say the same as Little Miss: What is their current bed time? Perhaps that needs to be adjusted to a slightly later time. How many naps during the day? It may be time to cut down on naps so that they run out of energy at a reasonable time.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/05/2015

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That is not a simple black and white answer. What time are you putting them to bed? Are you giving them healthy food for dinner? Do they get warm baths before bed? Do they still take naps during the day? One suggestion is making their bed time later. Wear them out all day long. Have them play outside and do a lot of activities to make them tired and getting out all of their energy. Kids hate going to sleep as a general rule. This is pretty normal.

Whitney - posted on 08/05/2015

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Ok thank u everyone how do u guys get your kids that share a room that my gurl is 4 and mu boy is 2 to bed after a great dinner bubble time read them a book and they still don't go to bed they fight with me for hours.....and disapline time out dies nit work and I won't spake them any options left??

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/05/2015

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Not really. You'll create a bad habit that is very hard to break.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/05/2015

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Bad habit to get into. Kids need to learn to fall asleep naturally, not with aids like tv. Read them a story before bed instead.

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