Toddler naps and bedtime tricks

Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son will not nap before 3/3:30pm and is wired until 11pm. What are some good tips/tricks to getting him to nap earlier and to bed earlier?

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Natalie - posted on 01/03/2010

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Well depending on your son's age, we have a 5,9,11, and 12 year old and we offer what we call mom bucks, and they also get 2 passes at bedtime. One bedtime pass is for a last sip and the other is for a bathroom break,(this helps cut down on how many times they come out of thier room at beddtime,I stole it from the drs.show)if they have any passes left in the morning they get a mom buck for each of them. Mom bucks are awarded for chores,extra chores, helping out at home or when out and always for using manners when not asked to. I converted a chore chart into a mom buck chart that is dry erase from the dollar store,when the chart is filled they are allowed to get $10.00, The mom bucks are also good to cash in for an extra 20,min. on the computer, my kids only get 20 min on the computer a day to start with and are not allowed on at all during school days, they can use them for an extra 20 min. of mommy or daddy time, and their favorite is stay up an extra 20 min. They can lose mom bucks and even owe for bad behaviour. So you can try this and accomodate it as needed for your child and thier age.

Hayley - posted on 01/03/2010

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HI, i have just moved my 2yr old into a single bed and he is super good at going to bed now. He is waking around 7:30am and having breakfast ect then i do something in the morning which tires him out (shopping, down the beach.swimming lesson ect) by 12pm he is ready for a nap and normally sleeps between 2-4hrs. in the afternoon, i take him and his 5mth old sister out into the yard to play while i bring the washing in and do them outside mummy chores. At 4:30pm - 5pm we head in for bath time in which he plays in fo rup to an hour (really whenever the water gets too cold!!!) we then have dinner between 6-7pm and he is ready for bed again at 8pm at the latest.... he doesnt wake during the night even though his sister is in his room. SOrry for the big story but i would suggest having a night time routine which is bath, dinner, story or a relaxing play or watching a movie or t.v then have a drink and bed with night light on and some music.... i thought baby music would be too old for him now but as soon as he hears the music he knows to say goodnight to mummy, daddy and bubba and he jumps in bed and kisses us then we dont hear from him til 7:30am!!! trying tiring him out in the morning and the night time routine..... does he really need a sleep during the day? maybe try letting him get away with not having a sleep and see if he goes to bed before 9pm???

Sarah - posted on 01/03/2010

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If you are still doing a morning nap I would take that out. Try keeping a routine and limit your driving around if possible (I know sometimes that is not possible), but it can mess up that naptime later on. I do day care and also have three 1 yr olds. What I find that helps is to have a good routine. Keep your meal times at the same time or close to it. Do lots of play in the morning to get them worn out. If possible go outside(fresh air does wonders). Also have your naptime at the same time everyday. I lay them down pretty much at the same time everyday and get them up at the same time everyday (1:45ish to 3:30ish). Not always do they fall asleep at the same time, but it lets them know that at the time each day it is naptime. We do lunch, I clean up and wash them up. The older ones(2-4yr olds) go to the bathroom and pick up the toys while I change diapers of the little ones and lay them down. Then the older ones go down for their naps. If you can, have them in seperate rooms. Mine 1 yr olds are all in one room and they are starting to play more with each other, which makes it a bit harder.

Maryann - posted on 01/03/2010

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I have issues with my 4 year old, and 2 year old... When ever I fall out of a my normal pattern...Make sure your son isn't sleeping in too late in the morning...Try doing some physical activities before nap and bed time, to tire him out.. don't let him take a nap later then 3.. For me no later than 2pm.. Keep to a routine that works for the both of you, before bedtime.. Stop snacks and drinks an hour or more before bed.. No high sugar snacks after dinner!!!!! Sugar is dangerous for young kids...makes mine hyper!! A bath and a book (or 2) before bed each night.. A pattern will help them know when bedtime is coming.. so they will be less likely to fight it.. If all that doesn't work.. My girls have sticker charts..Everynight they go to sleep with no problems, the get a sticker.. After 5 stickers, they get to pick out of a surprise box ( little toys and stickers)..

Good luck... It takes time and patients...

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Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2010

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Thanks everyone. Hayley your story wasn't long at all it was helpful. I use to use a snow globe that plays "when you wish upon a star". I think I may go back to using that. I do use movies. He loves "Pinoccio", "The Wild" and right now his favorite is "The Polar Express". His Pediatritian isn't crazy about kids watching tv. But I feel you've got to do what works. We usually do a movie when I see he is getting sleepy/cranky and again to calm him down before bedtime. But again, he is 1 and a half and I can't seem to get him to nap before 3 even if he is up at 7:30/8am. And this late nap is enough to "pump him up" until 11/12. Yikes! Speaking of sleep. I'm gonna hit the hay myself. I look forward to seeing more replys tomorrow. Thanks All!

Tarsha - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting Natalie:

Well depending on your son's age, we have a 5,9,11, and 12 year old and we offer what we call mom bucks, and they also get 2 passes at bedtime. One bedtime pass is for a last sip and the other is for a bathroom break,(this helps cut down on how many times they come out of thier room at beddtime,I stole it from the drs.show)if they have any passes left in the morning they get a mom buck for each of them. Mom bucks are awarded for chores,extra chores, helping out at home or when out and always for using manners when not asked to. I converted a chore chart into a mom buck chart that is dry erase from the dollar store,when the chart is filled they are allowed to get $10.00, The mom bucks are also good to cash in for an extra 20,min. on the computer, my kids only get 20 min on the computer a day to start with and are not allowed on at all during school days, they can use them for an extra 20 min. of mommy or daddy time, and their favorite is stay up an extra 20 min. They can lose mom bucks and even owe for bad behaviour. So you can try this and accomodate it as needed for your child and thier age.



this is such a gr8 idea my boys are 6 1/2, 5, 3 and months, and have been acting up lately...im going to try this one 4 sure, thankyou :)

Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2010

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Thank you. My son is 1.5, so I can't really use this....yet. But I love the idea and will share it with my sister who has a 6, 5 and 1.5 year old. Any advice on what to do being he isn't even 2 yet? :) I try to get him to nap earlier. But some days I don't blame him because we do a lot of running around. Hard to keep him from napping in the truck running from here to there. And I babysit other 1 yr olds two days a week, so it's near impossible getting them all to nap at the same time if even at all.

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