How do i get my 5 year old son to go to bed at a decent time? Do any of you use melitonen drops ?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/05/2014

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No, actually, I just established a routine that had my kids in bed at the same time, every night, no arguments.

Routine is such a wonderful thing...

Enna - posted on 02/05/2014

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My daughter used melatonin when she was about 8 because she had a very hard time getting to sleep. To be honest with you, I'm not convinced that the melatonin actually did anything. However, giving her a pill and telling her it would help her sleep did help. For her it was a mental thing. She got herself stuck thinking she couldn't sleep. She took it for awhile, then stopped. She's 145 now and every once in a blue moon she uses it, but I really think it's just a mental thing.
Make sure your routine is the same as much as possible every night. Make sure he's not taking naps or sleeping in too late. Make sure he's only doing calm things before bed. We read or do a puzzle at night before bed with my 7 year old. The other important thing is to make sure that the bedroom is as boring as possible every night. Make sure all the toys are put away. Don't leave on too many lights. We have a white noise machine that helps keep us from bothering her after she goes to bed. You also have to make sure that you put him right back into bed every time he gets up. Don't let him draw you into conversations or anything, just straight back to bed. Also, if he's staying up late right now, don't expect to just change his bed time significantly all at once. Slowly start him going to bd earlier of the course of a couple of weeks. It takes time to adjust.

Laura - posted on 02/02/2014

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Reading usually works soothing sounds. If he enjoys milk hot at nite help me a lot. And when all else fell a lil threat of taken away sumthing once u get him on it stick to that time......

Chet - posted on 02/02/2014

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What is his bedtime routine like right now? When does he wake up? What leads you to believe that he isn't getting enough sleep?

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