Sleep deprived 3yd old

Wanita - posted on 12/29/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Sleep deprived 3yr old. She's not taking naps anymore and refuses to go to sleep at night. Literally pulling my hair out. Give up on day time naps, but that's proving to bring on a new kind of behavior. She's so tired and I don't know what to do.

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Cmoline32 - posted on 01/06/2014

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My daughter is the same! Stopped taking naps after her 2nd birthday and it just wasn't worth the fight. She goes to bed at 7pm each night. Like Michelle suggested, we follow a bed time routine (bath, book, and bed). I have found that sometimes if I lay down with her for a while (no talking, back to her), just having me nearby helps her relax and go to sleep. Be firm. She has to go to sleep. You could also try classical music in the background, giving her a special stuffed animal to snuggle, etc.

Michelle - posted on 12/29/2013

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Do you have a set bed time routine?
I found that bath, book and bed worked for my kids. After the bath you sit down quietly and read a book. No TV on in the background or any other distractions. When you have finished the book then it's bed time.
It's a good way to wind them down before bed.

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