NIghttime temper tantrums with a 3 year old... help.

Kati - posted on 02/12/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son has always been hard headed when it comes to sleeping/ napping. Things seemed to get better but now for a few months he has been pitching fits after my husband or I have to put him to sleep. We read him a story, have a nightly routine.. etc. But as soon as that door closes he screams and screams. At first we would go back in but now we just let him cry until he goes back in bed. I feel bad doing it since this happens every night... Any ideas/ advice?

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Julie - posted on 10/15/2013

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Well I am writing camped outside my daughters door in case she tries to get out of bed again. She is two and although I am an advocate of co- sleeping, she needs to begin in her own room, then come to mine. Change is a big part of my decision to co- sleep since she will learn to depend on me instead of finding something else like her thumb or an inanimate object to cling to when she is distressing. However, the tantrum before bed is exhausting and I,too have lost he only hour of the day I once had to myself. She used to go to bed no problem, but now, no way. It's awful and I hope the neighbors don't call social services the way she screams. But I lay with her, stroke her back and play that game for about thirty minutes before I end up here, camped on the floor making sure she gives up. Any help? No. But at least you are not the only one

Andrea - posted on 02/12/2013

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Hello, you are doing the right thing. :) I am the mother of two very stubborn children. I remember the hole sleep time thing like it was yesterday. My only advice to you is only what I did, which is : ask your self how many sleeps is he having during the day. and does he really need them. ( my problem was that I made mine have a nap over lunch which they did not need so they were not very sleepy at bed time).
The other tip I have for you is : feed /bath / book/ bed once you put him to bed and walk away and they start the hole crying thing walk back in and say in your clam voice. Stop crying it is bed time tuck him back in kiss cuddle, and once again walk away once again they will cry wait 5 min and go back in and lay him back down not saying a word this time and walk away you can do this for three time not saying anything. After that leave them cry it out. It took about three nights of "control crying" and me showing that I was the boss for it to work but the inportant thing was it worked. My kids are now 6 and 8 and go to bed at 7pm and fall straight to sleep it has been that way since they were 2. Good luck

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