My 27 month old wont go to bed at night!

Danielle - posted on 08/03/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son just recently stopped going to sleep at night when we laid him in his bed. From day one we were blessed with a great sleeper and then at 14 months, we put him in a toddler bed but put a child proof door handle on the inside so he'd stay in his room. Prob a mistake. Anyway he tried a couple times and then never ever bothered with it again. If he wasn't ready to go to sleep he'd just lie in his bed for a bit till he fell asleep and we have a video monitor to watch him the whole time. But this just recently ended as he's discovered how to surpass the child proof door hadles and now its a whole new whorld of freedom to him. Needless to say, we cannot get him to stay in his room, it literally takes 3-4 hours everynight of constantly putting him back into his rm, back into bed till him finally falls asleep. This is usually about 11 or 12 at night by the time he falls asleep and then he's up at 6:30/7am and miserable. This has been going on for a few weeks now and me and my husband are exhausted. Any suggestions or advice?

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Neva - posted on 08/03/2012

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Do you do a bedtime routine? Snack time, bathtime, tuck into bed and then read a story. Tell him that its time to go to sleep, kiss him goodnight, turn out the light and then go and sit at the foot of the bed, look down at the floor not at him. As soon as you hear his little feet hit the floor, get up and without talking to him or engaging him in any way, put him right back in bed. Then go sit at the foot of the bed again. No matter what he says, if he cries, talks, asks what you are doing, do not talk to him. He will soon get the idea that this is no longer game time because he is not getting your attention and he is being put back as soon as his feet hit the floor. The first night might take a while, but you are already spending 3-4 hours as it is and you want that to stop. Do not leave your spot at the foot of the bed until he is asleep, then leave. If he gets up in the middle of the night, again, put him back to bed without engaging in any conversation. Do this each night for several nights and the time it takes for him to go to sleep should shorten each night until he is able to go right to sleep. If he regresses, start the process again. It should take about one week if you are consistent.

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Danielle - posted on 08/07/2012

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Thanks Neva, we've been trying that the last few nights and have yet to see any progress but we're not ready to give up with it yet. We'll try it for two weeks and hopefully by then we will see some positive results. My gf actaully told me she tried that on her daughter as she seen it on some nanny show - she said it worked great for her so here's hoping.

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