My 2yr old would rather stay up all night and still not have a nap during the day. Any ideas

Chanista - posted on 02/16/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have no idea how to get my daughter to sleep at night, She would rather stay up and watch tv. But if the tv isnt on she screams and wakes up my newborn, I am at a lost andhave no clue what to do..

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Chanista - posted on 02/28/2010

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Thank you both for the advice, I have tried everything I have finally gone to the point of putting a gate up in her room. She is finally going to sleep at a decent time but I cant do anything to prevent her from playing.. I have closed her toys in her closet and she now knows how to open her closet.. She is a very smart two yr old. We are getting there though. Its just taking some time

Lisamarie - posted on 02/17/2010

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Hi, I just wanted to tell you, you are not alone, my daughter just turned 3 and I also have a 7 month old (they share a room) I really wish I could give you some advice, but I haven't found any that work myself. I've been trying the "rapid return" technique for about 4 MONTHS now and it doesn't seem to be working, even though myself and my husband are vigilant with it. All she wants to do is play with her toys, so we took them out of the room and downstairs, now she just plays with her baby brother, taking his bottles and pulling his legs! It is a nightmare!
I'm sorry I couldn't be much help buut if you need a chat, add me! :)

Maria - posted on 02/16/2010

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Here's what I recommend: First, you need to sit her down and clearly tell her that she is going to have a bedtime. You're going to read her a book and put her to bed at 7pm, and you expect her to go to sleep at that time. Tell her that if she gets out of bed, you are going to put her right back in bed until 8am.



Then do it. And when she gets out of bed, don't talk to her or respond to her in any way. Don't be mean, don't say anything to her, but kindly pick her up and put her back in her bed.



It also helps if you trade off nights with a partner. You do the first night, your partner does it the second night, you do it the third night, etc., etc... Maybe Grandma, Grandpa or an aunt or uncle can help for a night.



Be prepared to lose (even more) sleep during this adjustment period, and be prepared for her to scream and wake up the baby. The adjustment usually just takes about three nights for most kids, but can take up to a week. But everyone involved in putting her back to bed has to respond to her firmly and gently, with no social interaction.



She stays up late, because being social with her family and watching TV is rewarding to her. But if she figures out she's not going to get that anymore, with no exceptions, then she'll eventually cooperate and sleep.



I also highly recommend, "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Dr. Marc Weissbluth. Please read it. Sleep deprivation is really horrible for parents and their children!



The more your daughter sleeps, the more she'll want to sleep. Also, she'll be better behaved during the day (after a few days of real rest), will eat better, and learn about her world more effectively, too!

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