any tips on getting little ones into bedtime routine?

Rebecca - posted on 04/02/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my little girl is 15 months old and so hard to get to sleep at night. she also seems to be going through a stage of seeing how far she can push her luck ie screaming if she cant get her own way. any advice would be grately appreciated. thanks x

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Krisa - posted on 04/03/2010

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I would give them a bath read them a book and then let them know its tim for bed. Also do this at the same time every night.

Dani - posted on 04/02/2010

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Heres what I do with my 2 and 8 month year old: I feed them both dinner no later than 5.30pm, give them a bath together at around 6:30, after their bath i put my 2 year old in bed at 7pm then read her a book then turn her light off, she goes straight to sleep (usually), with my 8 month year old i give her her last bottle at 7.30pm then put her to bed at 8, kids love routine and consistency, it makes them feel safe. If your daughters screaming for your attention just ignore her because if you give in she wont stop doing it, try reading her a book at bedtime, let her choose one and when the book is over give her a kiss and say good night, she WILL know that you mean buisness if you stick to your guns!! Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 04/02/2010

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Yeah, don't give in to keep going in and checking her because she's screaming. She realizes you respond and she wants your attention, so she keeps doing it. She is testing her limits at this point. My daughter was throwing her paci in the floor and then screaming to get us to come back in and give it back to her, and then she kept doing it because she knew we'd come back. She learned after a while of us not coming in and her just crying for her paci that it doesn't work anymore and she doesn't do it now.

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if shes screaming just because let her scream it out, shes testing to see if you give in. with ours when she does it we let her scream it out. we feed her before bedtime and sometimes he puts cereal in it and she will sleep thru the night most of the time. but when she is screaming to get her way dont cave in or she will keep doing it. ours learned fast that she wont get away with that. when she does that she will lay in her crib until she calms down and she can come back out. or try maybe giving her a little extra before bed at her last feeding.

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