My son's bedtime routine just makes him upset

Eva - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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So I started doing a bedtime routine about a month ago in the hopes that it would help my son sleep longer during the night. The first few times it worked like a charm and he calmed right down and I put him in his crib and he went to sleep. After just a couple nights though he started getting upset as soon as I started putting his pajamas on him. What am I doing wrong?

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Aerin - posted on 09/30/2009

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Sounds like your son has caught on to what the routine means. How old is your baby? Age can make a big difference for sleeping patterns.

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Jessica - posted on 10/02/2009

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How old is your son? He's just gotten used to the routine and he realizes at a point that when these things start happening it means he'g oing to be going to bed soon. Going to bed means missing out on fun and playing and being with other people so naturally, not good. Change up the routine a bit every night. Maybe do the same things in a different order, skip a step or two, add a couple extra. It'll still technically be a "routine" but it won't be predictable.

Tara - posted on 10/02/2009

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He knows bedtime is coming, thats why he is getting upset. Can I ask what is your bedtime routine? I know with my daughter she was hell on earth to get to go down..UNTIL I started letting her pick a book a read and really had her played out during the day. now instead of flipping right out she kisses me goodnight after the story and says goodnight mommy!!! absolutely brilliant!



Didnt see he was 4 months old till after this was originally posted...and all I can say is you cant force a routine on any baby, they tell you when...Try rocking or singing. I personally love swings for those nights they just wont go down! I have two kids. A 2 year old and a 7 month old so bedtime has become like a profession of sorts for me.

Kristy - posted on 10/02/2009

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hi never had a routine for my daughter becasue i was blessed with a wonderful baby who started sleeping throught at 2 weeks old... but at 15moths of age we moved house and she became very unsettled. The thing that we found worked wonders was havnd NO overhead lights at all for at least an hour before bed time (we just use lamps etc) as this tells the brain that i is duska nd time for bed. It actually really works and works well for me too!!! hope this helkps somewhat

Shelley - posted on 09/30/2009

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Although it doesn't seem like it, I think him crying when you put the pjs on is a good thing. It means that he is learning the routine that you are doing and although he doesn't like bedtime, he knows its coming. I think as long as you can eventually settle him with this routine, I wouldn't change a thing. My guess is he'll probably cry earlier and earlier in the routine, then stop all together and be easy to put down.

Eva - posted on 09/29/2009

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I give him a bath, and then a massage with dim lights, read him a story, maybe sing him a song, put his pajamas on him, and then wrap him up and try to put him to bed.

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