Stacey - posted on 01/31/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )




PLease if anyone has any ideas on how to get my soon to be 4 yr old daughter on a normal bedtime schedule please help..I have raised 2 other kids and had no issues but my princess is a night owl and wants to sleep all day and be up all night and I have tried everything to reverse this and its starting to take a toll on me we are up till 4 or 5 in the morning and cuz of that she sleeps forever and well I aint gettn much sleep at all cuz I have lots to do...PLEASE


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Mary-Ann - posted on 01/31/2010




You are going to have to be firm on this one. If she is going to be going to regular school (ei not home schooling) she is going to have to be up during the day. Set a Date you are prepared to start, do as you normally do but don't let her sleep for more 5 hours the first day and put her to bed earlier that night than normal. She may need a nap later in the day but don't let it be more than 2 hours. And keep doing this until she starts sleeping through the night. I have no idea how long it will take to switch her around but you will need support as I imagine she will be one cranky little girl for a good week until the new routine becomes familiar, but if you want change now it will need to be quite drastic. If you are ok with a slower progression of change wake her up an hour early every day for a few days and then yet another hour earlier. She will have to go to bed and hour earlier. As she doesn't go to bed until 4 or 5 am this will take a lot longer than doing a drastic change. If you go the drastic change route, maybe consider going for a drive to help her relax and settle. Kids who are sleep deprived will fall asleep even when they don't want to. Then you can transfer to her bed. The tough decision is deciding what is right for you and your daughter.

Catheryn - posted on 01/31/2010




Hi Stacey, sounds like you have got into a cycle of being so tired that you have not got the energy to wake her in the morning.You are not alone. She is revelling in being the of the family.You have to take control but you need support. Its hard being a mum.Is there a grandparent that could give you a weekend break so you can charge your batteries? T hen just a suggestion, decide on a sleep bath,teeth.story 7pm then lie quietly in bed til she goes off at 8. This may take weeks but as she accepts that this is it she will respond and actually enjoy the security of the routine. Eventually she will be asking you to initiate bedtime.If this is possible make it her special time with mum or dad. Good are a great mum x cathiex

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