She won't stay in bed?

Danae - posted on 02/05/2013 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be three next month. About a month ago, any time we would say "time for bed" she'd start crying and screaming. That finally got better as we got better with a routine. She gets to watch two episodes of Blue's Clues or one movie (usually Nightmare Before Christmas *her favorite*), we go potty, have a bath (every other night), brush our teeth, change into PJ's, get tucked in, get one story, then time for sleep. She gets one sipper of water in bed with her. Lately, however, she keeps getting up in the middle of the night and starts playing with her toys. I wouldn't care so much, but then she's so hard to get up the next morning when we need to get ready to leave for work/daycare. I don't know how to settle her down even more so she'll just sleep and not be a demon in the morning. I've tried getting her to REALLY run down her energy before TV or the bath, but that hasn't seemed to do much.
Any help?

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Victoria - posted on 08/04/2013

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Hi, I'm a mother of 1 biological (1 yr) and 4 beautiful step children (7, 9, 11, and 14) . Their mother lets them have sugar and do what they want, when they want so when they come stay with me I've learned many ways to get them asleep and to stay asleep. One helpful tip, is no drinks 1 hour before bed. although, it may not be to pee the pressure from the bladder could be waking her up. Also, change Blue Clues to something softer and more relaxing. (Bedtime friends or pajama party) These are less stimulating and relax your child while providing them with educational things. You could also use a classical or soothing cd at night to help ease your child to sleep as well as keep them asleep. Calming lotion and scents can help provide comfort too. And its wonderful to hear you have a routine because they are very helpful for both the child and parent. Hope this helps :)

User - posted on 08/03/2013

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tv is stimulating her weather u think so or not mt son id adhd and if i let him watch any tv hes awake until 12am but if i turn off the tv and computers hes asleep at 9pm

User - posted on 08/03/2013

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i wouldnt let her watch anything at least two hours before bed i dont let y son do that because of that same reason your having trouble docs would tell you to read to her try to change it up bath ,teeth,book, bed thats it not sure what time u go to bed bu at that age they need 8 to 10 hours a night for a happy kids lol the no tv works for a lot of us even adults

Danae - posted on 08/01/2013

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As far as I've heard she does sleep at daycare, but also, she comes home VERY crabby if she doesn't nap and is just too difficult to deal with without a nap.

Danae - posted on 08/01/2013

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The only problem is we live in a very small house and have very limited space. we have no where else for her toys to go.

Gigi - posted on 02/06/2013

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Don't give your kid medicine to go to sleep!
I agree with Elfrieda, get the room to be more relaxing and without toys. And cut the tv, she can do the puzzle or read a book with her. Keep it calm and relaxed.
I wonder does she sleep in her daycare, because if she sleeps there and doesn't really need to, she might be cutting her night sleep a result.

Elfrieda - posted on 02/05/2013

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I would change the tv time, too, unless it's turned off at least 30 minutes before bed. I'd also remove all the toys from her room. The only interesting things in my son's room (he's 3) are some books and some stuffed rabbits. I think it helps him sleep if there's not much to do as an alternative.

Beth - posted on 02/05/2013

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Well the TV isn't calming her down, now is it? The Diphen is no more than what is found in Benadryl. 25mg is a fairly low dose but it will put her to sleep.

Danae - posted on 02/05/2013

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I really don't want to resort to any drugs/ substances of any kind. And TV time is her calm down time.

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