My 3 year old is not sleeping? Someone please HELP!

LeAnn - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son has always slept through the night since he was 3 weeks old. Always took naps and went to bed and slept....until about 3 months ago. He started that he wouldnt lay down for a nap so we moved bed time back from 8:00 to 7:30. Since then he will go to bed and sleep for about 2 to 3 hours and then he is up. He tells me its playtime and he gets so energetic that we are up for three to four hours, and then he is finally ready for bed and sleeps for about another couple of hours and then he is up ready to go again for the day. You can lay him down for a nap and he never goes to sleep he wants to do nothing but play. If he does take a nap then at night it is taking me 2 to 4 hours to get him down for bed, again in a couple of hours he is up ready to play. He has also got to the point that if I dont go in there and lay down with him or stay in there it adds more fuel to the fire. Please if anyone has got any advice or suggestions, I am to the point to try anything. Thanks

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LeAnn - posted on 01/15/2010

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We started to putting down in his bed by himself and leaving the door open some, it took us an hour and he has been asleep for a couple of hours. We done the method of take him back twice and remind him it was bed and then after that we didnt say nothing and just kept doing. We shall see how it goes tonight. I will let yall know. Thanks for all the suggestions, I will put them to work.

Zakiya - posted on 01/13/2010

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My son is also 3 and we are experiencing the same problem...he doesn't nap during the day. By supper time he is exhausted, but he fights his sleep. It takes me at least 3 hours to get him to sleep. Most nights he sleeps at 11 o'clock. To get up in the morning is another mission. I work from home so I don't mind if he doesn's wake up at a specific time - but there are days when he sleeps till 10 in the morning. I tried breaking that routine by waking him up earlier and then he needs an afternoon nap and again at night he sleeps late. I think I have also reached that point which are at...Hopefully its a phase and with perserverance it will pass (:-)

Helen - posted on 01/13/2010

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snap our lil boy is the same was a brill baby but he is now 2 an sum days goes to bed fine some days has a nap sum days doesnt either way he is in his bed at 7 every nite we have put a safty gate on his room made sure its safe for him am we leave him to it sum times he stays in bed sumtimes he gets out an plays toys most of the time wen it goes quiet we check on him and he fast asleep on his floor so we scoop him up into bed last nite he woke up at 3 an played for a while we did the same just left him to it making a fuss an keep going in to him just makes him love the attention were quiet strict on routine if he doesnt stay in bed or get much sleep then its tough if he wants to learn the hard way let him

Lady - posted on 01/13/2010

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try keeping up a bit later so he is really tired when he does go to bed - avoid naps during the day he's old enough to go with out them - and when he gets up in the night don't let him play - be firm and tell him it's bed time and he needs to go back to sleep. it sounds to me he has got in the habit of waking up and this needs to be broken if you don't let him get up and play he will eventually learn that there's no point in walking up and will stay asleep i'm afraid to say it may take a while and you'll probably have a few temper tantrums to deal with but it the end it will be worth it - a couple of months of hard work so for the rest of your life you have peaceful nights is more than worth it - good luck!

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