how to get my child to sleep early?

Luiza - posted on 11/20/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

2

10

0

My son is 2 and half years now. He sleeps for 2 hours in the day. Whatever I may try he sleeps only after 11pm at night. Any tips for how to make him go to bed early.

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Lucy - posted on 12/12/2009

591

33

23

From my experience, routine is the key. My son is a little younger, just turned two, and I have a daughter who is three and a half, they are both in bed (and very quickly asleep) by 6.30/7pm and will stay soundly asleep until at least 7am. I really think their regular routine is what makes them so settled. Rowan still has a nap about midday, I've just cut this down to an hour at most. Then the evening routine is dinner at about five, 10-15 minutes play, bath, warm milk, story and cuddle, lights out and sleep! I've followed this routine from virtually day one and they were both sleeping through by 6 weeks, so I would definitely recommend trying it!

Michelle - posted on 11/24/2009

2

16

0

First, don't let him sleep late. He should be up by 8am tops. Fill your childs day with activity. Let him run, play, and get crazy during the day. He needs a nap as well, but try to limit it to no more then an hour, hour and a half, and not too late in the day. Right after lunch is a good time for a nap because his little belly will be full. Then, make a routine such as dinner, a bath, TV or play, read a book, and good night. And you need to stick to it. Eventually he will be on a schedule if you stick to it. My daughter is 2 and she is in bed by 8pm. Her cousin stays up a lot later because she is on a different schedule and allowed to stay up very late. The schedule doesn't need to be set in stone, but should be pretty much the same everyday if possible.

[deleted account]

He still needs that day nap but the key to getting him to sleep at night is to make a schedule and stick to it. There's a great book called "good night, sleep tight" by Kim West. It has some very low stress strategies for getting kiddos to sleep. She really puts an emphasis on schedules though... ie.. he should be napping after lunch, then snack and play time, then dinner (by 5:30), bath and getting ready for bed (between 6:30 and 7:30) and in bed no later than 8 to 8:30. It sounds hard, but once you get into a routine, you will be surprised how easy it is and how happy your son will be. Most times, if you cut back on the nap (if you wake him when he is sleeping) he will become more overtired and harder to get to sleep at night. Hope this helps and I really urge you to check out her book.

8 Comments

View replies by

Luiza - posted on 11/22/2009

2

10

0

Thankyou All for your tips. I need discipline in myl ife too and then can set example for my son too. I think I should cut down on his day nap. Maybe that way he is more tired and falls asleep at bedtime. And instead of giving into his demands I should put my foot down and set the rules.

Brandy - posted on 11/21/2009

5

5

2

If you can figure this out let me know. my son doesnt stay up quiet that late but he fights going to bed most of the time. He is always on the go!

[deleted account]

yeah make a bedtime for her.. stick to it just keep putting her down at the same time every night.. 11 is too late as im sure it is for mom

Kaiulani - posted on 11/20/2009

6

21

1

For my husband and I we have our daughter who is 2 and half years old try to take a nap during the day, most times she doesn't and she gets tired early and sleeps. But if she doesn't like going to sleep when we want her too, we have her lay in bed until she either cries herself to sleep or she gives in. We make sure her room is quiet and dark with no distractions. It takes about 20 mins or less to get her to sleep.

Kaiulani - posted on 11/20/2009

6

21

1

For my husband and I we have our daughter who is 2 and half years old try to take a nap during the day, most times she doesn't and she gets tired early and sleeps. But if she doesn't like going to sleep when we want her too, we have her lay in bed until she either cries herself to sleep or she gives in. We make sure her room is quiet and dark with no distractions. It takes about 20 mins or less to get her to sleep.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms