my 3 year old has become imposible to fall asleep he won't take his nap time.i know he still needs it because he get unberable around 5 and will fall asleep if we go somewhere.also nightime is now a fight.any suggestions i'm all ears.

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JESSICA - posted on 12/12/2012

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My son is 3.5 years and not sure what to do to help him bedtime is a war !!! We have a good solid routine bath, brush teeth read story say prayers. Now he has been through humps like this before , and he no longer naps he's exhausted , and bedtime here is at eight, but he doesn't fall asleep till midnight sometimes later. I run an I home daycare and we are constantly busy with preschool lessons, projects, outside times, we try too have quiet nights before bedtime , but nothing helps....when he went through a sleep hump at two and a half we bought him a tv for his birthday, and for a while that worked great ...now it doesn't work at all....please help

Kellie - posted on 02/03/2009

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My son is almost 3 and every so often he'll fight naps and bedtime as well.  He does it off and on sometimes for days and sometimes just once.  I do the drop and run.  I'll sing him a couple songs and if he's still fighting, I just set him on his bed and leave.  I am lucky though because once I leave he settles down. 

Amanda - posted on 02/03/2009

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I got my son to sleep by listening to music...I put a station on, give him a half full cup and his favorite stuff friend..i also tell him if he takes a nap when he gets up we'll do something he wants...he's 2 years old and this has been working for me since he was born..still takes his 2 hour naps during the day...if he doesn't want to sleep, tell him he has to lay in bed for an hour, that works sometimes too...he'll get bored and just fall asleep

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Shelley - posted on 02/06/2009

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Quoting Tracy-ann:  I agree!  It is definitely not a good habit  and it is hard to break!  I have a 4 month old and people keep asking if she is sleeping through the night.  My reply is that I can't even get my 2 year old to sleep through the night.  Last night I put on music and sat in the chair in Max's room.  He fell asleep after 30 minutes which was faster but still woke up once and needed me to come cuddle for a few minutes to fall back asleep.  It was progress though and I am happy with it.  Who knew installing good sleep habits in your children would be so hard! 



Quoting Shelley:

I've been having a similar problem with my 2 1/2 year old. We've been following the same routine for a while. We will read books, sing a couple songs and I lie down with him and he would go to sleep. Lately though, it is taking him well over an hour to fall asleep both at night and during nap time. This is very frustrating as you can imagine. I think I will try the music and having him read books in bed and see what happens. When I've tried similar things in the past, he doesn't stay in his bed but I'm willing to give it another go.






i went through that also sleeping with him till he fell asleep the only problem it get worse as they get older now 90%of the time i'm in thereon and off all night because he wakes up and doesn't see me.not a good habit.





 

Tracy-ann - posted on 02/05/2009

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Quoting Shelley:

I've been having a similar problem with my 2 1/2 year old. We've been following the same routine for a while. We will read books, sing a couple songs and I lie down with him and he would go to sleep. Lately though, it is taking him well over an hour to fall asleep both at night and during nap time. This is very frustrating as you can imagine. I think I will try the music and having him read books in bed and see what happens. When I've tried similar things in the past, he doesn't stay in his bed but I'm willing to give it another go.



i went through that also sleeping with him till he fell asleep the only problem it get worse as they get older now 90%of the time i'm in thereon and off all night because he wakes up and doesn't see me.not a good habit.

Shelley - posted on 02/05/2009

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I've been having a similar problem with my 2 1/2 year old. We've been following the same routine for a while. We will read books, sing a couple songs and I lie down with him and he would go to sleep. Lately though, it is taking him well over an hour to fall asleep both at night and during nap time. This is very frustrating as you can imagine. I think I will try the music and having him read books in bed and see what happens. When I've tried similar things in the past, he doesn't stay in his bed but I'm willing to give it another go.

Jamie - posted on 02/03/2009

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My two and a half year old balks at the word "nap", but now we just have quiet time in which she must be in her bed.  She can have books to read but cannot get up until I come and get her.  She will usually will fall asleep but some days it takes her awhile.  She also goes more willingly when I have a project we are going to do after quiet time.



As for night, we just have a routine that we use every night with brushing teeth, pajamas, one book read to her, prayer by candle light, and then she gets to read by nightlight until she falls asleep.



Good luck to you!

Lynette - posted on 02/03/2009

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My 3 year old went through that and for a while I had to rock him until he fell asleep. He has always gone to bed easily, but decided he didn't want to nap anymore so I either had to force it or give it up...and I wasn't ready to give it up. Now he knows he is going to take a nap either way, so he goes in his bed and looks at books for a little while and then falls asleep. The biggest thing I think is routine. Make his routine the same every night/nap time.

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