why do children fight the sleep

Rochell - posted on 10/11/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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why when you put a child to sleep they will fight it and only sleep for a little bit.

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Tara - posted on 10/11/2009

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Because they can :p I found the trick for my toddler is to make bed time a fun experience and for my son..Well he doesnt fight it. he falls asleep anywhere and whenever he so pleases. I dont have troubles getting him to go down for naps or night time. no crying it out here. Thats a big no no.

Heather - posted on 10/11/2009

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I did the going in the room every five minutes when she was six to nine months then all the sudden she could stand at the rail and grab me when I went to lay her back down. If she did it three times I would pick her up and give her a bath or feed her a little more or just play with her for a minute... Then try again. Now it's not working though. She cries forever. It's hard to let her. My mom helps a lot with it though.

Krista - posted on 10/11/2009

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In my experience, if a child is not tired, they will simply play quietly in ther bed, but, if they ARE tired(perhaps beyond tired) they fight like crazy. The more tired my kids were, the more they fought sleep. Around 6-8 monts, if a child is fighting sleep, avoid picking them up and simply go into their room every 5 minutes to tell them goodnight and tuck them back in, again......and again and again and again.....................

Brandi - posted on 10/11/2009

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I have found that my children only fight sleep if i have waited too long to lay them down. Often when kids are overtired, they will fight sleep. You might try laying him/her down 20 or 30 mins. earlier. Also, if he/she isn't getting enough sleep throughout the day and night, he/she could fight sleep. I don't know how old your child is, but from the pic, looks about 1??? He/she should be sleeping about 13 hours or so per 24 hours. for my kids that is 11 hours at night and a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon. In kids sleep can help breed sleep. A good nap in the afternoon can help with a good nights sleep. My kids have been on this type of sleep schedule and like i said, rarely fight it.

TICE - posted on 10/11/2009

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SOMETIMES IT COULD MEAN THAT THEY ARE NOT REALLY ALL THAT SLEEPY IT HAPPENS WHEN A CHILD IS REAL YOUNG

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i would say that taking the time to build a new bedtime routine would be key.. it will be hard for a few nights when you do but, with my boys, around 6 i let them watch tv for like one episode of spongebob, my 2 yr loves him lol.. my one year old jsut plays, then we go upstairs and read 3 books, say prayers, and then the go in their cribs, i play a music box that turns off on its own after 5 min, then theyre usually out by 715 730, depending on the night theres a bath thrown in there too.. i also make sure they eat an hour and a half b4 sleep, tummies are calm and whatnot..they usually both sleep till 7 730, love their sleep, good luck

Heather - posted on 10/11/2009

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I didn't even think about that. Do you think it would be that with a one year old though? I don't think she's old enough to realize that things still go on when she's asleep. I may just be stuck at six months though. Lol. She'll cry to go to sleep but she won't go to sleep. She cries in her bed. She cries if I hold her. She cries if I try to lay down with her, but that's how I get her to sleep most often...

Heather - posted on 10/11/2009

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I have a huge problem with my daughter not wanting to go to sleep also. When she finally does go to sleep she sleeps forever though. She'll go to sleep and like ten or eleven at night and wake up at noon the next day and MAYBE take one nap but she wants to take that nap at like six pm... I don't get it either. I'm not sure anyone does. I'd like to hear it if anyone knows why.

Quita - posted on 10/11/2009

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I think that kids fight their sleep because they think that theirgoing to miss out on something, and or maybe because they slept too long at nap time. Really thats a hard question to answer because it varies in different children.

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