how do you wear a 2 year old out my son only sleeps for maybe 6 hrs total a night ?

Angela - posted on 03/19/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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i know he should get more sleep than that but i can not convince him of that any ideas would be helpful we had a routine and that went out the window now when he goes to sleep he doesnt sleep for more that 6hrs tops we even go on walks and we walk up to a half mile a day thats not even fazing him

help please ???

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Amy - posted on 03/22/2010

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my daughter i could run ragged, but she wasn't sleeping. our nutritionist said that she could not be absorbing her calcium/magnesium properly. we got animal parades Warm Milk and gave her those and she started sleeping 8 hours...then 10, now she sleeps 12 and we don't give her any vitamins anymore. she just developed her pattern after she took them and keeps at it. ?/ could help. ???

Could be overstimulating too. If his mind just keeps going from all the activity, it's hard to calm down. maybe an hour before bed to some quieter things. No tv. just read, sit and breathe slow. one of those light things that looked like stars on the ceiling was great for our daughter. we'd read a book, then out hte lights and talk calm and low about the "stars on the ceiling". 2 year molars coming in? i know sleep was messed up during that time too. just couldn't get comfy. Sorry, wracking my brains. no sleep kiddos is no fun - for either of you.

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Kathryn - posted on 03/23/2010

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good luck wearing him out. my daughter sleeps but refuses to sleep by herself. i tried to wear her out to but unfortunatly she wore me out instead. ive had other mom tell me to hang in there it just a faze maby just maby they will come out of it

Angela - posted on 03/23/2010

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also i would like to mention the night time routine is still the same super then half hour of play then bathtime and then laydown story and goodnight he cant fall asleep with out a night light makes him screamm that much more. but i dont know i guess im getting over wellmed talk to his dr and they wanna but him on a sleeping aid hate to give meds to my son unless i have to and yess hes two years old and has ALL OF HIS TEETH IN ALREADY dr. couldnt belive that either i even go him so pediasure and he drinks one of those a day cus the dr. said to but does seem to help that much either thanks for all the advice i really apprieate them maybe this gave you a better idea though

Angela - posted on 03/23/2010

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no naps are out the window and he can be outside when its nice all day long and still dont sleep that much wow wish i could do that hes been a busy boy since the day he was born he was always doing circles or roling to his sid when he was first born then month old he slide on his back and started rolling everywhere then he was army crawling when he was 3months old he skip walking and went to running everywhere i try to let him play as hard as i can but still nothin fazes him i dont think ive ever slept solid thought the night with him

Katie - posted on 03/22/2010

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Take him outdoors! Let him run/play all over the place and be the guide. I take my son who is 18 months and let him walk/play where ever he wants outside and swing rides. It really wears them out plus its fun. Than you can always end it with a nice bubble bath, it seems to work for my son anyway.

Christy - posted on 03/22/2010

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Playgrounds are good, also is he in a playgroup? If he is with other kids it will help wear him out...... Avoid juice before bed, milk is best to help them get tired. Also try feeding him dinner about 30 minutes before bed. Just some ideas......

Cristina - posted on 03/22/2010

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being too tired does not help sleep... I just suggested this book to someone else 2 minutes ago: "Solve your childs' sleep problems" by Dr. Richard Ferber. It takes some time and effort, but it is all worth it!

Mariah - posted on 03/21/2010

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even though the routine doesnt seem to be working you gotta just stick with it.When my son was doing that i started taking him to the park when it was nice and let him run his little heart out. Eventually between that and the routine, he started sleeping more.

Melissa - posted on 03/21/2010

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Definitely playing outside and getting fresh air will help him sleep better. On nice days, we play outside from after naptime (around 1:30) until dinnertime and she is SO ready for bed.

Juliet - posted on 03/19/2010

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I dont allow my son to nap later than 4 or 5pm. no matter when he started napping. Everyday we go out where he was run around until he's so tired that he won't make any fuss about getting into the car. I usually don't put him in the stroller when we're out so that he is able to run around as much as possible. I give my two year old a warm bath right before going to sleep and have soft classical music playing in the background in his room. I guess that works for him since he doesn't make much of a fuss about bedtime.

Marcy - posted on 03/19/2010

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If he is taking afternoon naps try and stop those. Does your evening routine include warm bath and low lights with reading time? At 2 years he can probably do more "running" vs. walking. Have you tried a sound machine or CD with ocean noises in his room? Just some ideas. My little one is in school all day and they have two outdoor periods of 1 hour each and he runs around like a madman. By 8 at night he can barely keep his eyes open.

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I would try to cut out naps, we had to do that with my daughter because they were making her fight bedtime to much. No amount of play/exercise during the day will tire her out at all, this kid just doesn't stop unless she's in bed behind closed doors, we even had to cut out the night light because she was playing with her toys rather than sleeping, she has to have it completely dark to sleep for longer than an hour.

Alisha - posted on 03/19/2010

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hmmm. . . i would do as much outdorrs stuff as possible. does he nap still?

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