My son is 3 and will not go to sleep on his own.

Miranda - posted on 01/04/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is 3. He will not go to sleep by himself. I have to sit with him, rock him to sleep or lay with him untill he goes to sleep. He holds my finger and squeezes it to go to sleep. He also will not go to sleep without milk. He has to have a tummy tickler bottle with the charecters on them that come with juice in them to go to sleep. He will only sleep in his bed for few hours at a time and then hes in bed with me. I dont know how to break him from any of these things. What can I do?

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Sarah - posted on 01/05/2013

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Maybe try a bedtime routine, like a bath and a book or an activity that you can do every night before bed. Maybe that would help prepare and know that bed time is coming. I know it is hard to let them cry it out and to keep re-enforcing him to his own bed when he ends up in yours, but sometimes that is the only way to break them of a habit. Maybe even letting him pick out something, like his favorite character comforter or something of that sort, and tell him he has a big boy bedroom and needs to sleep with all of his things that are in his room. Good luck, hope I helped a little.

Jacqueline - posted on 01/04/2013

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My little man is heading down that path. I talked to his doctor about it she suggested this thing that holds the door closed but keeps it open just a crack. Its open enough to be open if that makes any sense. It is a gadget we picked up at babies r us in the safety section. We have been using it now for about three months and it seems to be working. After we did the regular bed time routine we would close him in the room. At first little man would scream and bang the door as open as it would go. Then after 15 to 20 minutes of a tantrum he would take himself to bed. We would later go check on him and he would be sound asleep. We also left the door cracked until morning. However, now we put it on he cries for a few minutes, but when we go check on him we leave the door wide open..... I hope this helps.

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Ashley - posted on 01/06/2013

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I have this problem with my daughter. She is 4 too. I went and bought her a calendar and some stickers and a clock. How it works is if she sleeps all night in her own room she can put a sticker on for that day. Each week she gets a small prize for making it all week. Once she gets to a full month she already has a big prize picked out. I showed her where the little hand needs to be on the clock for her to come wake me up. One night a week she gets to sleep with me. It seems to be working well so far. She's only woken me up twice in the last 3 weeks :) As far as the sippy part goes, only put water in it and he'll stop wanting it. He'll be mad for a couple nights but it's worth it. Hope this helps.....

Ashley - posted on 01/06/2013

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I have this problem with my daughter. She is 4 too. I went and bought her a calendar and some stickers and a clock. How it works is if she sleeps all night in her own room she can put a sticker on for that day. Each week she gets a small prize for making it all week. Once she gets to a full month she already has a big prize picked out. I showed her where the little hand needs to be on the clock for her to come wake me up. One night a week she gets to sleep with me. It seems to be working well so far. She's only woken me up twice in the last 3 weeks :) As far as the sippy part goes, only put water in it and he'll stop wanting it. He'll be mad for a couple nights but it's worth it. Hope this helps.....

Miranda - posted on 01/05/2013

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We just moved so the routine is all messed up. Ive tryed letting him cry himself to sleep. He always ends up throwing up. He's did it since he was 10 months old everytime.

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