My 3 year old won't sleep, please help a frustrated working mom...

Amanda - posted on 10/10/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 3 1/2 year old daughter will not hardly go to sleep anymore. At night we do not put her to bed until 9pm mainly because she is literally bouncing off the walls and we try to do activities that will help her release some of that energy before putting her in bed. Once in bed she will sing or talk to herself and find several reasons to get out of bed. This can go on for hours it has even been as late as midnight on some occasions. We do have a bedtime routine of brushing her teeth then a bedtime story and then bed, we also do have her TV on a timer to help keep her in bed. Nap time is not much different, a constant struggle to keep her in bed and to go to sleep. She goes to daycare 3 days a week and she is terrible there at nap time, she has been told that she does not have to sleep but she does have to lay down and be quiet. She will not only not be quiet but on several occasions she has gotten up and woke up other kids just because she was up and does not want them to sleep anymore. We have tried the no nap and all we get from that is a very grumpy, uncooperative toddler in the evening but then come bed time no different. As I am currently typing this it is almost 11pm and I have notice the noises from her room have finally stopped so think she may be a sleep now. Oh, I forgot to mention she is the youngest of my 3 kids and I did not ever have this issue with my 2 older kids. I must go check on her now....any advice from other parents out there that have been through this?

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Amanda - posted on 10/10/2012

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Thank you Ariana.

On the weekend we have tried the letting her stay up late until 10:30 - 11pm and she seems tired when we put her to bed but then it seems that once she is in bed it all starts. I do really believe that she is just one of those kids that does not require that much sleep and still has an abundance of energy to go around. This working mom, who has to get up at 5:30am in the morning, wishes she could bottle some of her energy and use it for myself. I do require sleep, so this is my frustration.

Ariana - posted on 10/10/2012

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My son used to go to bed nicely if I put him to bed at 10:30 instead of earlier. Sometimes if you try to put them to bed early it makes them stay up even longer then you'd like.



I wouldn't do high energy activities before bed as that might keep her up and excited.



Does your daughter look tired in the morning? Maybe she really isn't tired.



My cousin used to be allowed to stay up as long as he felt as long as he stayed in his room because he was a very high energy child. Maybe you could instill this rule with her. Tell her she can stay awake in her room but if she gets up she loses that chance and she has to go to bed, lights out. Put a limit of 12 o clock or something. If she's staying up late but ok in the morning she may just not need as much sleep.



If she's becomming grumpy in the morning I would still put her bedtime to 10 - 10:30 and then just consistantly bring her back to bed WITHOUT SPEAKING. No attention what-so-ever.

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