How do i get my boys to sleep by 8.30pm, they are 3 and 4 years

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Natasha - posted on 07/25/2009

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same as everyone else said routine i have 3 boys 4yrs,6yrs and 9yrs i have had a routine since the day they were born may sound silly but they go to bed as good as gold no telly in bedroom no stories to me bed time is bed time now my 4 yr old goes to bed 7.30pm then at 8.00pm my 6 yr old goes and at 9pm my 9 yr old goes routine really does work.

Ashley - posted on 07/23/2009

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buy the book 1,2,3 magic. It is a super easy read and tackles almost any behavior issue! I used it for my son he use to go to bed at 11 or later and he is in bed at 730/8 every night. He also use to be the devil child but this book has really helped me. Especially since I am also in school it has made my time that I do have with him more enjoyable.
I hope that i helped and good luck!

Fran - posted on 07/23/2009

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Just before my daughter was born we decided that we could no longer let my then 18 month old fall a sleep out in the living room then put him to bed.So as corny as it sounds we started doing the Super Nanny thing. We gave him his bottle, and when he finished we told him it was time to go to sleep. It was three long nights of continually laying him back down, screaming while we sat outside of his crib not talking to him or anything just being there. It finally worked after the 4th night. I wasn't easy and it broke my heart to hear him cry, But now he finishes his milk hands me the cup and says "night night Mommy" and trucks his self off to bed. All of the replies are right routine is everything. You may have to stray from the time schedule every so often but the order in witch you do thing is the most important.

Michelle - posted on 07/23/2009

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I had to start at 7:30 with putting them in bed and they were usually asleep by 8:30. They are better now that they are 6 and 9. Don't loose hope. They are just testing you.

Lindsey - posted on 07/23/2009

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you need to put them on a strict routine if they know what to expect they wont fight you on the subject. for example with my two kids ( 6 and 2), we have dinner at 6 usually bath time around 7 then we read stories watch one t.v. show and my son goes to bed at 8. then i watch one sometimes two more shows with my 6 year old daughter and she is in bed by 9. if you set a schedule in motion and let them know that mama aint playing no games it works because they know what to expect at what times. just don't let them walk all over you remember you are the mom and what you says goes. it will probably take a week to establish but after that you will be fine. good luck!

Ellen - posted on 07/23/2009

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Routine, routine, routine. At least it works for me. My 2.5 year old is in bed by 7:30pm every night. I make sure to tell her what going to happen in sequence too, ie: I'll tell her, "when we get home we're going to eat dinner, then play a little bit, then bath and bed." She understands and then is aware. Well, it works for me...but just a suggestion.

Letha - posted on 07/23/2009

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I have 3 boys 7, 4, and 2. Like every other advice here, routine is the best thing, and consistancy is even more important. Kids like to know what's going on, I tell mine at dinner time what is going to happen following dinner, bath, brush teeth, a movie if there's time and then at 8 it's bedtime, We make it a huge deal: my hubby says it's 8 o'clock and i'm ready to rock! the kids love it, they will sit in there and talk to each other and giggle, but they know when the clock says 8 it's time for bed, having a digital clock helps, we have one that chimes each hour, and at 7 we'll say ok one more ding and it's time for bed, it lets them know and understand the importance of time. 2 of them take naps but i only let them sleep for an hour, and it's always around 12 in the afternoon any later then they will be restless at bedtime. Get a routine and make it special allow them to look forward to bedtime and let them know that they need to sleep so their bodies can grow and be strong like mommy's or daddy's.

Donna - posted on 07/23/2009

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i have 2 children my boy aged 5 and my girl aged 3 i have a routine same time everynight .if thr not really tierd i leave them a pile of books on the bed then that way thrs no need 4 them 2 keep getting in and out of bed .i go an check on them awhile l8r an if mine are asleep there books go back on the bookshelf .

Liesl - posted on 07/23/2009

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u have to get ure boys into a routine....dinner...bath....warm milk then bed it'll take awhile they'll cry and carry on but just keep takn them back to bed it takes some patients but i believe with some patients and some time u can do it ure a woman u gave birth u can do it :) x

Anita - posted on 07/23/2009

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My two boys 2 & 3 go to bed @ 8pm after baths, brushing teeth and bedtime stories. Sometimes they don't go to sleep until 9pm, but they must stay in their rooms and be quiet.

Belinda - posted on 07/23/2009

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i have a 2 and 5 year old we give them a bath 7pm get them out by 730pm let them watch tv for half an hour than brush there teeth than off to bed i read one of them a book and my husband does the other (than next night its vise visa)and than they go off to sleep.i think it comes down to consistancy

Kristina - posted on 07/23/2009

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I have 3 children agea 9, 5 and 3. I have them on a schedule and their bedtime is 8:00pm. I make sure at about 7 they are calming down and relaxing. It is hard to get a child to bed if they are still anxious from playing all day. They need wind-down time. maybe you could start at 7 with a book reading then quiet time. I also give my children a warm bath before they go to bed, it helps relax them. I had to stop giving my kids naps through the day because they just werent tired enough to go to bed after having a long nap. They can be kind of grumpy sometimes but I have found it is worth it so they can have a decent bedtime. hope this help and good luck :)

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