Sleep question

Amanda - posted on 03/27/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




I have a 5 year old daughter who HATES sleeping. She will wake up around 8-9 am everyday, not take a nap at all during the day, and not go to bed until after midnight. My 4 year old daughter doesn't have too much of a problem going to bed, unless her sister is throwing a fit and keeping her awake. I've tried everything to get her to bed, and I'm at a loss for what to do now. I'm 21 weeks pregnant, and I can't keep fighting her. I need to get rest as well.

She'll start crying and saying "Mommy, I'm just so bored and so tired" and when I tell her to close her eyes and get some rest she yells "I dont want to!". After she finally does fall asleep, I go to bed, and within 2-3 hours she comes into my room crying, and crawls into bed with me. I want to get her on a sleep schedule, she starts school in September. Any advice/tips on how to get her to bed?


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Fallon - posted on 04/01/2011




I did glow sticks with my son. He got one when I put him to bed and if he got up even one time, I took it away. Then he could try again the next night. Before that we tried EVERYTHING and that was the only thing that worked in the end.

Jamie - posted on 03/28/2011




I have a 6 year old who is the same way only she gets put to bed at 8pm and no later. She will get up 20 times at least before she ever really falls asleep. Finally she will fall asleep around 9:30 sometimes 10 and then I finally go to bed but then around 1-2am she is knocking on my door. She is very hyperactive during the day when she comes home from school and goes to school all day. If I would let her she would probably stay up all night and all day. I think she has ADHD but dr and school can't get together to find out.....lame! Anytime my daughter is having a hard time going to sleep I will try laying in bed with her, reading her a story or just simply telling her to stay in her room until she cries herself to sleep. I know that seems cruel but sometimes you have to do what ya gotta do. I also have a 3 year old and he has no problem staying in bed all night unless he is coughing from his asthma. I am 18 weeks pregnant and it is really hard on me as well as my back to keep getting up to put her in bed but I always make sure she goes back to her room. I don't know if any of that helped but I can relate to how you feel and maybe some of the techniques I use to put my daughter to bed may help you. Good luck and God Bless!

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