Toddler won't sleep and I'm going crazy!

Nikki - posted on 02/21/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Please, give me some advice. My 3year old daughter will not! And I repeat will NOT go to sleep. No matter what I try she stays up until her little body forces her to sleep and even then she wakes up at some god awful hour. I haven't had a good rest in a few weeks! Help me please!? I'm willing to try anything!!

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Cecilia - posted on 02/22/2013

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Do you have a bedtime routine? they are very important for this age group. Start with having dinner at the same time every night. (No later than 6.) After dinner there is no stimulating activities. So you know TV is considered to be stimulating. Lay on the floor and color for an hour. Then maybe play with some blocks. Then have a set bath time. How long the bath last doesn't matter too much. Then if she needs it a small snack, then brush teeth. Story time, Then it's time to lay down. Sometimes kids take a few hours of relaxing in bed before they can fall asleep. Depending on your child maybe read to them during this time. I don't, because the honest answer is i dont need to. I lay my daughter down and she point at her light telling me to turn it off, i turn on her night light and leave the room. She will lay there at least 2 hours before sleeping.

You can also try a white noise machine. They sell them at bedbath and beyond, walmart, and target I bought a stuffed animal with white noise at target for $20, (http://www.target.com/p/cloud-b-sleep-sh... )so you know you don't have to get a whole machine that you don't need. A running fan is also white noise, if it's too cold for a fan, face it towards the wall or maybe run a humidifier. If nothing else go buy a cd with rain sounds or what ever and just play it in his room. This can be playing from after dinner until bedtime.

If they are one of the ones who need relax time in bed get one of those ceiling projectors. You can get one of stars at spencers. Or you could even seek out ones that come in mobiles that have animals and such. Look around i'm sure you'll find something your daughter likes.

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Cleaver - posted on 02/22/2013

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i have a turtle that makes wave noises and has what looks like water on the ceiling my son loves it im having a hard time now that the light bulb just died

Cecilia - posted on 02/22/2013

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oh and side note, the sleep sheep i use for a 5 month old who needs white noise to sleep. But i think it's still a cute white noise machine that a little girl wouldn't mind having around.

Cecilia - posted on 02/22/2013

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I hope so too, a sleepy mommy is never a good thing ( not that a sleepy toddler is much better)

Nikki - posted on 02/22/2013

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We do have a night time routine but I'm going to try some of your suggestions. Thank you so much. I'm really hoping this helps

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