my 3yr old will not sleep at night!! wants to stay up all night and sl

Joyce - posted on 10/12/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 3yr old has always been difficult when it comes to going to sleep at a certain time..we have always had her on a routine from day one just the same as our other two kids..they were never like this..thenother two kids go to bed at 9-930 but not the 3yr old..tried numerous things such as cutting out naps, turning off tv, no sugar or chocolate, returning her to bed, etc, could this possibly be a medical condition? Has any other parents took there kids to Dr for this? She just will not sleep at night but by 5-6am when the rest of us are waking up and starting the day she is ready to go to sleep

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/12/2015

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It takes time to switch a schedule around. It may be hell for a week or so, but I would be consistent about what you are doing. If everyone is waking up at 5-6 am, so is she. No naps. No tv, or video games. Make sure to do an activity with lots of exertion of energy an hour or so before bedtime, then a relaxing bath (works for many kids, but actually wakes my daughter up more....maybe stop giving a bath late at night and see how that works) read a story, and snuggle up if you need to. You are not alone in this. She might be teething, or going through a growth spurt, which can throw off their entire schedule.

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/12/2015

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Know that it is OK to let her sleep with you, or you sleep with her in her room until she falls asleep. It is OK if that is what works in your family. Don't worry what others think or say. Your other kids may not have needed that but maybe she does! If it makes her feel more secure in her room with you or your husband there, so be it. My daughter is 5 and still wants us in her room for at least 10 minutes. Sometimes it is a pain in the butt when I have a lot to do, but most of the time it is fine. She is only going to be young once, and there will be a time where they don't want us around at all. Do what you need to do. Do what is right for your kid. Do what is right for you as a parent.

Joyce - posted on 10/12/2015

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Thanx for ur response Lil miss cant be wrong..very encouraging..i have seen many many other posts about other parents struggling with there kids just to get them to go to sleep so I guess this is something most toddlers do and ur right it could be a number of things but I have to be tough and be consistent..its really hard tho..more for my husband than me..he just wants to give up most of time and let her sleep with us or gives in to her requests bcuz she already knows how to lay guilt trips..thank u once again for responding and ill keep trying and keep being consistent

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