how do i get my two year son to go to bed early?

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Rachel - posted on 01/05/2010

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It's nice to see that I am not the only one who has this problem except my daughter wont go to sleep until 2am-3am. She refuses to take naps and I wake her up at 9am in the morning and no matter what she still decides that she wants to go to sleep late. I have tried so many different things but none of them have worked for me.

Sarah - posted on 01/03/2010

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Have a routine for your WHOLE day. Kids like to know what to expect. Do meal time at the same time everyday, as well as, naptime. Also until you get into that routine wake him up in the morning at the same time. I would say have him up anywhere between 7 and 8 am. Then a nap around 1:30 pm sleeping no later than 3:30 pm. Only do 1 nap in your day. This will help him get into a sleeping schedule so he falls asleep when you lay him down and is not sleeping at odd times throughout the day and night. At first you will probably have a cranky child that is wanting to sleep when the schedule calls for being awake, but that is part of the adjustment. Also have a bedtime routine you do each night. Start about 30 mins to 1 hr before bed. Bedtime should be around 8 pm. For your bedtime routine have a bath time and a reading time after bath. Keep it low key and lights turned down a little if you can. This sets the mood for sleeping. Keep his bedroom for sleeping also. Try to keep not much toys in his room, no TV, etc. Big thing is routine.

Kimberley - posted on 01/03/2010

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Sometimes our little ones are so unique that it is a trial and error as to what will work for them. My kids are complete opposites in just about everything including their bedtime routine. Alexys (just turned 1) is a very good self soother, doesn't take a pacifier, just a cloth diaper to get to sleep. Jacob, (almost 3), not a self soother. We're still working on keeping him in the bed. The past few nights he's been up three times after he's put put down for the first time. It's definitely a work in progress but we will get through it! Keep your faith.

Cierra - posted on 01/02/2010

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Thanks for all the help you guys. I will try my best at it. Hope for the best

Lindzee - posted on 12/27/2009

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oh my gosh mine will go to bed well sort of early like 9 and then she wakes up at 3 am tell 6 am goes to bed tell 7 am and then is awake all over again. if you have any tricks let me know too!

Kimberley - posted on 12/27/2009

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4 or 5 am? I'm still working on this and my son will be 3 in April. We have the routine down pat, but he would constantly get out of bed. I would agree with Brandi Struble. You have to be stern and consistent. Part of his problem is that he's now sharing his room with his baby sister (1 ), and this was an adjustment. Is there anything else going on at home that could be causing him a bit of stress? I also talk to my son about how sleep in important for being healthy, growing up and having energy to play the next day. It's taken us a couple months but he's actually staying in the bed for the most part. He's in bed by 9:30 pm, but not always alseep. I don't focus on the asleep part but just staying in bed. I do want to get him down earlier but it requires me getting myself together and moving nap time as well. I figure I have a little more time to get him adjusted to the earlier schedule for school. Right now with two little ones our schedule works for me. I'm not a good morning person and both sleep till 8 or 8:30 am.
Keep working at it and the payoff will come.

Brandi - posted on 12/27/2009

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You need to get him on a bedtime routine. Choose a time you would like for him to be in bed by (at 2 I would suggest around 7) and then a half hour prior to that time you should start the "routine." It could include, a song, a bath, a story, some snuggle time, kisses, I love you's whatever you decide. My kids get a bath, some food network tv (it's not too stimulating), a story, then kisses and hugs and I love yous then it's bedtime. Once you put him in his bed you don't go back in to him (he'll probably cry or call for you at first, he may even get out of bed, but you have to stay strong and stick to your guns). If he gets out of bed (which unless he's still in his crib, he will inevitably do) you do the following:
1st. time: Tell him in a stern tone "It's bedtime, honey" and walk him back to bed.
2nd time: Tell him in a stern tone "it's bedtime" and walk him back to bed.
3rd-100th time: NO WORDS!!! walk him to bed and put him there. leave the room.

It will take some time, but I would bet within a week, he's going to bed when YOU say it's time not the other way around.

Also, does he take a nap???? I would make sure he gets his afternoon nap as an overtired child is less likely to go to bed willingly, whereas a child who is rested, but sleepy will actually go to bed without a hitch. My kids are in bed by 8 (usually before) and still take a 3 hour nap every afternoon. good luck and just stick to what you say. Before long your son will accept that you're the boss, not him.

Crystal - posted on 12/27/2009

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4 or 5 pm? if so thats way to early anyways. My son is 18 months and doesn't even go to bed till 8:30-9. your son is most likly not tired that early and doesn't want to go to sleep due to not being sleepy.

Cierra - posted on 12/27/2009

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I start him out at nine with no nap. in his own bed. He doesn't fall sleep and he is in and in and out of his room and doesnt listen to what his dad and i say. But by the end of the night he is in my bed by 4.

Colleen - posted on 12/27/2009

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I used to have my children nap at 11:00am- up by 2:00pm thats a 3 hour nap and then would put them to bed by 7;30 at night. most important is routine...might take a bit but follow something that will work for you and your family..and stick with it.

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