How do you make a 4 year old sleep on time, without being forced to go to bed, yourself

Yvonne - posted on 07/07/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




my daughter Imi is 4 years, 1 month and attends school from 07h30 to 17h05. She comes home, have dinner and gets busy. It's puzzles; coloring and playing on the swing or Hoola-hoops. She always sleeps late and,is a light sleeper. I have tried to make her go to bed early. I always thought if she plays a lot, she'd get tired and sleep but, sometimes I sleep before she does, or have to go to bed early, if it's only the two of us.


Priscilla - posted on 02/11/2011




I'm trying to keep my daughter on a routine bedtime. Right now, bath time is 8pm, and she should be in the bed by 9pm. I didnt make it earlier because I go to the gym on and on Mondays and Wednesdays, Im just getting in minutes to 8. I dont want her bed time to be 7pm one day, then 8pm, then next, then maybe 9, the day after, so I try to stick with 8pm bath, and 9pm bed. Hopefully her father can get on day shift and her bed time can be earlier, however at this point, if she doesnt want to sleep, she wont.

Sherri - posted on 07/22/2010




We have always had a bedtime and although my 4yr old is a night owl. When the clock hits 8pm it is time for jammies, brush teeth, every other night a bath. Hugs and Kisses for everyone and bedtime is by 9pm (for summer, in fall it will be 8pm) No if's ands or buts. This is his bedtime and he has always known it and will just lay in his bed for awhile if he is not tired but he very rarely if ever gets back up after he has been put to bed. Start a bedtime routine let her know about an 1 hr before bed, then 30 mins, then 15mins till it is bedtime and stick to your guns. She is old enough to understand what you expect of her. If she chooses not to sleep she still has to lay there and is not allowed back up. May take a week or so but she will catch on really quick.


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Sophia - posted on 08/08/2010




I agree with Sherri, you basically should develop a routine for bedtime and have her go to bed at that time every night. Do bath time, brush her teeth, get her jammies on and get into bed. Read a story with her and maybe sit with her until she goes to sleep. Maybe that might work. Get started on the bath as early as 7:30pm.

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