how do you encourage children to sleep?

Jennifer - posted on 05/02/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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my son is 2 yrs old and has night terrors nightmares sleepwalks and the rest of the time is trying to craw into my bed. He likes to get up early and throws huge temper tantrums when it comes to attempting a nap in the afternoon. I now have a newborn who sleeps better than him. Being strict is not working I need a different approach and I really crave some sleep. Any advise?

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a funky creative aproach taht worked with my little cousin. a prayer to a gaurdian angle. a magical object or objects of protection. or an invisable force feild. get down on their level the night terrors are in their mind the only way to combate them is with the imagination. i gave my little brother a magical teddy who had super powers to kick any bad guys but in dreams and you know what 20 years later i was helping him move to anew apartment and in one of the boxes was barry... so sweet. my little cousin i used the prayer,
"four corners to my be four angles at my head mathew mark luke and john bless this bed i sleep apone." then i would kiss her on the four head and say "follow the angles into dream"
both using powerful mental images of angles and religeon if you are religeous, to create a forcfield inthe childs mind. simple routines allow the child to self sooth. if the child is scared when he/ she goes to be they will have night mares. if the child it put to bed with loving thoughts it will carry into dream.

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wow first congrats, and good luck with a new born and a two year old.. i got a two year old and shes a handfull i couldnt imagine having a new born on top of her.

hmmm my daughter used to not wanna sleep at all for naps or when i put her down... i used to cuddle with her until she fell asleep, but then when i didnt she didnt go to sleep,... so i just started reading her some storyes before bed, cuddled with her for a few minutes, then i just left.. she cries for about 3 minutes and shes out. i got a bed rail so she couldnt get out of the bed. which is helping .. you can try that... is he in his own toddler 'big boy' bed?.. you could try (if you didnt already) getting him his own bedding (cars, batman, elmo etc.. whatever hes into) so it'd be fun and his own to go to bed. for my daughter that helped, and she has a big monkey and a big teddy bear (their bigger than her!!) that she sleeps with so it makes her feel like I'm still there with her... anyways good luck!! congrats again!

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