My 5 year old daughter does not sleep well at all, any ideas to help her settle into a good sleep?

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Angela - posted on 01/28/2009

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I have the same problem, but my daughter is 8.  There are two technics that I use.  I give her a time that I will come in and check on her.  So when she goes to bed I tell her I will be back in 10 minutes.  She waits until I come back I give her another kiss and hug and I tell her I'll be back 10 more minutes.  After about 3 or 4 times I go into her room and she's sleeping.  Another technic I used on both of my kids I called story teller.  I would give them a topic and they would have to think of a story in their head about the topic and tell me there story in the morning..  An example is I would ask my son to make up a story about what he would do if he was a famous movie star or I would ask my daught to make up a story about what it would be like to be a Veterinarin.  This would get them thinking and dreaming in there head and they would usually fall asleep in no time.   I also like both of these ideas because one uses their imagination and the other teachers my daughter time.  I hope this helps - good luck.

Cherish - posted on 01/27/2009

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There is a natural pill that my sons Dr. recomended for us and its melatonin. Everyone has this in there system but some need a little extra. My son is 8 and takes 5mg but you can get 3mg does too. Check with your Dr. to see if he agrees. This really helped my son.

Susana - posted on 01/27/2009

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I know that a lot of people don't agree with having your children sleep with you.  I used to put my son to sleep in his room as an infant and found myself having to wake up a lot  in the middle of the night.  I would wake up like a train ran me over.  Eventually he would end up in my bed.  Then my husband and I decided that we would just  have him sleep with us and everything went well after that.  My sister-in-law also co-sleeps with her daughters of 2 and 6.  Did you ever wonder that maybe she just doesn't want to sleep alone?  We sometimes want for our kids things that we don't want for ourselves.  Sleeping alone is very lonely for adults and even for kids.  Dr.'s  are too quick in prescribing things that might go away on its own if you just modify it some.

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Melanie - posted on 05/25/2014

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Susana- This causes more problems in the future. My daughter and I co-slept together all her life. And by all her life I mean, till she was 17 yrs old. I was single mother and her and I started sleeping together when she was 3 after her father and I divorced. I would recommend that if someone tries co-sleeping that they end it by the time the child is 3. After that, they need to go into their own bed. Now, I am not against them having their own bed in the master bedroom, but that should be where they stay. Even then, this should end by the time the child is no more than 8 yrs old.

Anna - posted on 02/04/2014

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My son has finally been doing well with the same routine every night. We read two very short stories, have his teddy bear tell a story about his exhausting day and how glad he is to be snuggled up in bed. Then we finish with the same story about going to bed called Bedtime Spaceship. We've been doing this for so many months that I can turn the lights off and tell him the Bedtime story by heart. We have those glow stars on the celing that help with the spaceship story as well. :) So far, it's been 5 months since we've had sleep issues!

Amy - posted on 01/27/2009

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If something is worrying her try sending her to play therapy.  My 5 year old had a hard time sleeping too.  She has really improved this past year.  We sat next to her bed for a week and slowly moved away until we were outside her door.  It took a couple of weeks, but she sleeps well now.  She also goes to pre-school 5 full days which wears her out.  And we did a little bribe.  She really wanted her ears pierced,  so we told her she had to stay in her bed 10 nights in row before she could, and she eventually did it!  Good luck - we have been there!

Kylie - posted on 01/27/2009

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A very warm bath about 30mins before bed, followed by a warm milk drink and then a slow massage with baby oil with a bit of lavendar oil in it.  This seems to work a dream for us in times of trouble. 



We also have a light that plays fairy bears on the roof with slow music, it calms her down and makes it not dark.



The other thing is try getting someone like your doctor to talk to her and see if anything is worring her.  She might say something to them she is worried about telling you.

Fernanda - posted on 01/27/2009

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Is her problem fisiological or behavioural. Is she going to bed and waking up and regular times? Is she sleeping about 10 hours per night?



She has to play, run and get tired during the day to waste energy. Take a warm bath before bedtime and drink a warm glass of milk for example. make sure that about an hour before bedtime the enviroment at home is calm and quiet so that she can get into the mood. Don´t let her run around and play, rather sit and read a book. Reduce sugar intake in the evening (fizzy drinks, chocolates). the most important is ROUTINE, a set hour for bed and a ser hour to wake up, with a least  10 hours sleep...if it persists best consult your MD cause it could be fisiological. Good Luck

Blanca - posted on 01/27/2009

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My mother would give us chamomille tea! I'm not sure how you feel about herbal teas but it would help me.

Melanie - posted on 01/27/2009

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We placed a sleeping bag on the floor so Jesus could stay with us at night and keep us safe. This was recommend by our pyschologist and we sleep through the night after 6 years of up every night.

Jo - posted on 01/27/2009

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At 5 yrs she is old enough to understand that it is b/edtime.  Have a winding down/quiet time before actual bedtime.  Make sure that she has gone to the toilet and has had a drink (preferably water) before getting into bed.  Read her a short story, give her a kiss and cuddle and tell her you will check on her before you go to bed.  Turn the light off with a cheerful "goodnight".  Leave the door slightly ajar.  (I have never fully shut the door on any of my children).  Keep to this routine every night with the only difference being if she does not go to bed and settle then there is no story the following night.  My 4 children soon got the message!!  They love storytime.

Brianna - posted on 01/27/2009

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My son had a sleep study done when he was 2 as he does not sleep. Have you tried melatonin? It is a pill that can be found at any natural foods store and is not harmful as excess melatonin makes children sleep. I gave my son the 1mg pill with dinner. Having a constant routine also helps, with having the child wind down with a story or stuffed animals before bed, warm milk is also an option. Baths can also be soothing if you have time (with lavendar). Just make sure that she is not being over stimulated close to bed time by the TV.

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