I need some ideas for getting my daughter to go to bed at a reasonable hour!

Angie - posted on 03/16/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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shes 4 and is always up till at least 1 in the morning every night.

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When it's close to a bedtime that is reasonable for her, give her a bath. Then she needs at least 20 minutes of quiet time. You can put something on tv for her to watch and turn out all the lights, then put her to bed. If she gets out of bed, tell her it's bedtime and take her back to her bed. If she gets up again, don't say anything and put her back to bed and keep doing this till she gives up.

Kylie - posted on 03/18/2009

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i had the same prob with my daughter just at a younger age i still do sometimes. I cut out her aps and at first this met she would want to sleep at aroun 5 or 6 but i was persistant in keeping her awake, she still has probs if she falls asleep befor seven even at 6:55 if she goes to sleep she wakes the stays awake all night. i have band sleep befor 7pm and i use her favorite music to help her sleep she only has dvds so i put a tv in her bedroomwith a built in dvd player and she knows that that tv is for bedtime she picks out a music dvd and i put it in then she sets it up climbs into bed with a bottle and watches the one dvd over and over till she goes to sleep she is only aloud one at night and if it is going to keep her awake evetually she gets bored with it the same thing would work with a cd player i find some dvds are good becaus they show hi5 or the wiggles going to bed even the fairies have a few where they are based i  bed. just make the child stay in bed only to get up for the loo but not to often

Jamie - posted on 03/17/2009

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Definitely cut out the nap if she is still having one. And no sugar or dessert after 7-8pm. Our daughter doesn't need much sleep either, and often stays awake until 9-10pm, but we put her to bed anyway and she knows she has to stay there even if she is awake. Having a routine of stories in bed, and then staying there(even with a night light) might help. Good luck!

Tanya - posted on 03/17/2009

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this may sound like a bad parent, but, i let my son who is now 5 fall asleep watching tv,(cartoons, favorite movies), it helped. although he was up till around 10pm, he still did not take naps during day, after a few months, time got earlier, now he goes to bed around 8-9pm, still to tv, sometimes not. It also helps to wear him out during day. I hope you can get some idea from this, i know its not good to let him watch so much tv, but he doesnt watch much during day, preschool 3 mornings a week, then all day kindergarten in fall> well good luck.

Patricia - posted on 03/16/2009

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I have pretty much the same problem with my daughter, and she is also 4. I have been trying to cut out the naps, but now instead of taking a nap around noon, i find her falling asleep at 6pm then she wakes up at like 730-8pm and wants to stay up all night. I just wanted to let you know that I know how you feel. I desperatly want to get her on a regular schedule, but it isn't always easy. She starts school in the fall, and that is coming soon, so i have my work cut out for me

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First, don't let her take any naps during the day. Sounds like she doesn't need them anymore. Spend an hour of quiet time preparing for bed and make it very routine oriented so that she knows what happens next. Example: take a bath, brush your teeth, read her some books and perhaps rock her in a chair, and now go to bed (no toys, no t.v.) I would make sure the house is quiet so there are no distractions. Maybe she needs you to rub her back to help her relax or you can try playing some soft classical music. How long does she sleep on an average night? My son sleeps 10 hours so I will wake him up in the morning if I have to. If I let him sleep late then it throws his whole schedule off. Don't let her fight with you. Be firm and let her know that it is bed time and there are no exceptions.

Carolyn - posted on 03/16/2009

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How often and at what times does she sleep?  Do you have a nighttime routine?  Does she get enough exercise thru the day?

Gemma - posted on 03/16/2009

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cut out afternoon nap and try take him/her for walk or go in garden then give bath then put him/her to bed x

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