Anyone else having trouble getting their 3 yr old to sleep? HELP!!!!!

Shannon - posted on 11/09/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I've had the same routine as far as night time goes for years now and my 3 yr old is still fighting bedtime. We have a bath, go potty, read 2 books then prayer then bed. Now she is trying everything she can to stay awake. We've always babygated her room since it's an upstairs bedroom but she knows how to open the door. She will get off the bed or if she decides to stay in bed she will be in her room calling and singing for HOURS. Last night she was up till 12. Any pointers?

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Becky - posted on 11/10/2009

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We have similar problem with our 3 year old. she doesn't nap anymore, if she does she will be awake until 10:30 so we try not to let her nap unless she is sick. My husband still lays with her until she goes to sleep. we have been trying to work on this but not consistent with it. If you like reward charts, Chuck E. Cheese website has a reward chart for sleep, potty trng among other things. Fill in 2 weeks of good nights and get 10 extra tokens. This was big incentive for my daughter when potty trng. We're just not committed to it right now with the sleep thing. We hope to use Super Nanny's approach as mentioned above, first sit by bed then by the door, then in living room until its done. Depending on your parenting philosophy... Dr. Sears has recommendations on his website as well for toddler sleep troubles. Good luck! If something works for you please post it here so the rest of us who struggle can try it.

Jessica - posted on 11/09/2009

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If she is still napping, cut that out if possible. If my 3 yr old takes a nap he is awake till 9-10pm. she might be really cranky around tea time but thats better than being up so late and will soon adjust. If she falls asleep in the afternoon let her have 15-20 mins max and wake her. It used to take me ages to get him up after such a short nap but worth it in the evening



try stroking her hair to get her relaxed then saying you'll come and check on her in a minute. My son just started hating going to bed so I ordered him a really nice star night light and it worked a treat tonight.



If all fails, try sitting in the room with your back to her with NO acknowledgment and just keep putting her back in bed without looking at her (seen this on supernanny and worked a treat when my boy was 2).

Jennifer - posted on 11/09/2009

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I am having diff. issues w/ my 3yrold..(b-day 2day)
We went to Fla for 3 weeks when he was 10mos, and he hated the paknplay to sleep in..work up screaming every hour orso..sooo, we put him in bed wih us..every night since then, he cant fall asleep unless he is in my bed..IF HE HAS A NAP...HE IS UP UNTIL 12..IF NO NAP, HE PASSES OUT AROUND 8...I say NO MORE NAPS!!!
I put him to bed once he is out, but smtime in the morning, he wakes up, and crwles in bed with me.

Sarah - posted on 11/09/2009

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Not sure if this will help or if you are already doing this. I would make sure she is by 7:30/8:00 am in the mornings. Do lots of playing during the day. If you can get some outside play also (that always seems to get them tired). For her afternoon nap I would say don't have her sleep any later than 3:30 pm. If she is doing a 2 hr nap maybe do a 1 1/2 hr to 1 hr nap instead.

Ashley - posted on 11/09/2009

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sorry no pointers i have the same problem tho my son thinks it play time at midnight he will not go to bed un tell this dad goes to bed so my husband has been trying to go to bed early but it is not working very well hes a night owl so yeah if you get any answers let me know

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