Hey i'm a first time mom and my sons bedtime routine isnt working, Whats the Best way to get sleep

Haley - posted on 10/29/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my son's sleeping schedule is off. he refuses any routine I set. He falls assleep whenever and whatever suits him. This makes it difficult to get him to bed by a desent hour.

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Sam - posted on 10/29/2009

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hey i have a 1 year old and i started putting him a routine at around 8 months, he has lunch around 12ish then when he is done i play with him or whatever, this will tire him out a little. then i put him in his pram about half 1 and give him a bottle or a cuddly toy and rock him. i give him his tea around 5, then when he is done i let him run around and play 4 a while. then about 6 o'clock i give him a bath and put on his pajamas then i call this time wind down time, its when i read him a book or talk quietly to him. then at 7 i tell him to give everyone a kiss and i take him up to bed. i tuck him in and give him a kiss and his bottle and usually he goes to sleep. but if he doesnt i leave him for 5 minutes to see if he stops crying, if he doesn't i go in tuck him in again but without talking to him and walk out the door again. and i repeat this until he eventually goes to sleep. you just have to remember not to give in to him and pick him up or he will eventually get his way around you again. sorry ive rambled on lol but i hope this helps you. let me know x

Sidney - posted on 10/29/2009

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A lot of it is just age, and his sleeping habits will improve as he matures.. Hang in there, it's only a short chapter in his life. No two children are the same, so you have to do what works best for you, in your situation. I'm on my third, and he is also 2.

Kayliecia - posted on 10/29/2009

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My son is 2.5 and i started a routine at around 6 months old...what we do is around 8:00 we get him a bath and teeth brushed, and after a bath and teeth brushed he goes to the bathroom because hes fully potty trained..We read Books and say prayers, and he goes to bed...he does get up and try and run around, that goes on for like a half an hour, you have to be consistent with the child..and set your ground rules if you know what i mean? dont give in. I hope this helps!

Natasha - posted on 10/29/2009

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Hi, I have a toddler and its a wild mix when its nap and bedtime. So I schedule a preferred nap time for him at noon after lunch, I turn everything off Music, Television, and we both head to the bedroom and lay down to read a book. If your son doesnt want to go to bed tell him firmly yet motherly, "No, its time to rest" Eventually it takes patience and time for them to get the schedule but it works. So you keep the routine going and don let anyone else tell you other wise. Lay with him/her in bed and assure her that mommy is right there and not going anywhere sing, read, or hum her to sleep. I have three kids and one more on the way. So I went through allot with schedules for them.

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