How do I get my son back on his sleep schedule. At night when we put him in his room he screanms at the top of his lungs. I let it go for an hour and then pick him up again. Any ideas?????????

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Emily - posted on 03/23/2009

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We have a settling down routine starting at about 6 where we turn down the lights, no tv, and jamies go on, then we sit and read a book, and the whole time I give the kids time limit's saying "bed time is in 30 minutes," bedtime is in 10 minutes. To get them prepared in their heads that bed time is coming. Then when I say it's time for bed it's not a surprise and they go.

Teyaka - posted on 03/19/2009

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Start a schedule. Make bed and bath time interesting and fun. But make sure he is active so he uses up majority of the energy that he has. Also make sure that he eats a good balanced and hearty dinner. I find that when my son is full and I keep him active he sleeps better. Make sure your son is constantly moving between naptime and bedtime and he will be too tired to scream and fall right asleep.

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Erin - posted on 03/23/2009

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My daughter has been extremely difficult at bedtime as well...she's 3 years and 1 month now and we've struggled from day 1! The best thing I've found though is a good routine before bedtime. This is what I do but whatever works best for you and your child. I get her in her and her brother in their jammies and then they drink their milk. Then, we all play together in one of their rooms to get rid of that energy they most likely still have! We brush teeth and then I put my son down first (because he is extremely easy at bedtime!) and then I lay down with my daughter on her bed and we read 3-4 books. She always tries to get me to read more just to keep me from leaving but you can't give in...they'll walk all over you. Then, I turn out her light and tell her goodnight. I usually tell her things she can think about while she's falling asleep...you know, think happy thoughts! I personally, don't give her a bath at bedtime because I've found that rather than calming her, it makes her very hyper and it takes her a long time to go to sleep afterwards. Basically, just make sure you spend some good quality time with him before he goes to bed. He will then feel comforted, loved, and secure...all great things to feel before being left in a room alone.

Hope this helps!

Lisa - posted on 03/22/2009

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Thank  you all for your comments....I guess I'm just gonna have to keep vigulant.  He is always on the go so I'm not sure why he keeps putting up a fuss.  Thank you all again for your help I'll see how he does with it.

Kelly - posted on 03/19/2009

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i agree with the post that says stick to a calming bedtime routine...then do not go pick him up. he will go to sleep. its hard but it works. fast!

Nancy - posted on 03/19/2009

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When you leave him in there, you can go in and check on him and give him love.  I would go in every 7 minutes, love him up, hug him over the edge of the crib, tell him it is night night time etc.  But the key is to not pick him up.  After a minute or two of loving up, I would leave again, marking the time on the clock in my room to go in again in another 7 minutes.  I don't know why I picked 7 minutes.  The first night, it probably took 2 hours to get him to go to sleep.  The second night it was less and I think the third night it was under half an hour.   I don't remember exactly how long it took, but it was surprisingly fast.   

Mandy - posted on 03/18/2009

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I know it's tough, but stop picking him up.  Have a sleep routine i.e. brush teeth; potty; read a book, then hugs and kisses and don't go back in there.

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Perhaps rock him for a while or rub his back to relax him before putting him down. I play soft music for my son and give him his bear to hug. Does your son use a pacifier or have a lovey? Just be patient and stick to a bedtime routine so that he knows bedtime is coming. Also, how old is he? My son was almost 18 months when he decided that he hated being in his crib (this was after a week of sleeping on a blow up mattress at his grandparents) so we went out and bought him a toddler bed and he loved it! He stopped the night time screaming and was back to his sleep schedule in no time. Good luck!

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