my daughter will not go to bed

Emma - posted on 09/02/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 2 and has always slept resonably well but just recently she's playing up at nite and wont go bed or she'll fall asleep n then wake up at 2 in the mornin and want to get up its a nightmare as im having another baby in january n really need her to be sleeping properly by then any advice ?

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Jade - posted on 09/02/2009

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i know it probably hard as ur pregnant but with my son we do tire out time where we have half hour before bed to dance, go on trampoline, go for a walk just anything that they like that uses alot of energy then they r so tired when half hour is finished u would be suprised how well they sleep especially if u put a couple of drops lavender oil near pillow. but do this after bath time as the bath will re relax them with plenty of energy, as i have learnt lol. hope this helps

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Emma - posted on 09/05/2009

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thanks 4 all ur advice i'm gonna giv it all a try especially the lavender on the pillow sounds good x

Nichole - posted on 09/02/2009

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My son started with mosters, gosts, and snakes in his closet about 1-2 months ago. I used to close the bed room door as he went to sleep to try to keep the noise out ( my husband can only hear the tv when it loud, not that he has a hearing problem it is just him being him). Any ways when this started he would wake up screaming scaring me so bad that when I ran down stairs I fell a couple of times. So I started to let him take an active role in the bed time routine. We made a song up. We check under the bed, closet, and all corners and say something such as no gosts, mosters, snakes in my closet, under my bed or in my room so it is safe to go to bed, and if they appear I tell them go away or I'll call mommy and she will get you and make you go away. It has worked so far. Now he has woke up from nightmares that seem to be so bad that it is hard for him to go back to sleep but those are few and far between. My daycare sitter that has more enouf experience to just about quilfy for a childrens psy degree and my sons' doctor said that children of this age have been the art of imagination. Even though you may not allowed your child to see certain things, they may hear something and your tone gives them a clue as to it being scarying then they can transform their minds in to that. I hope this helps. The last part may seem to be out in left field but I have seen that happen to my my son. As I talk to my friends about something then have him say the same thing and it happened in a "nightmare" and it was scary to him.

Lyndsay - posted on 09/02/2009

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My son woke up last night at 4am and wanted to go watch tv. I was like uhh, no way! Back to bed with you! I stayed in his room with him for a couple of minutes and every time he'd say something I would just say "Shh, its time for sleeping".. eventually he was quiet and I told him I was going back to bed and I would see him in the morning. He went back to sleep just fine, although I suspect he played quietly with his toys for awhile before actually going to bed.

Audrey - posted on 09/02/2009

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My daughter was doing the same thing. I learned that if I turned her nightlight off, she'll stay asleep for me.

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