Sleeping Troubles

Tara - posted on 07/27/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son is 23 months old and at night when I lay him down for bed at 9 pm, he will not go to sleep. He stays up running around in his room, yelling, jumping, and playing. I've tried taking his toys away at night, but this doesn't help. He will stay up until 1 or 2 am!! Then he wakes up a 7 am every morning. He's full of energy during the day, and most of the time doesn't take a nap during the day. I've tried bathing him at night, which just makes him more active, I read to him every night, I've tried warm milk, night lotions, everything. How can I get him ready for bed, and him actually sleep?

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Lindie - posted on 07/27/2010

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This is off the supernanny website and i have had to use this technique myself, took about three nights but no looking back!





http://www.supernanny.co.uk/Advice/-/Par...





Steps to get a good night’s sleep

Follow a calming bedtime routine.

Once you’ve put the little one to bed, don’t sit or lie down beside them. Sit on the floor instead, keeping your head down so they can see your profile but not your eyes, turn the light off and say “now it’s time to be quiet and go to sleep”.

If your child carries on chatting to you, insist that “it’s sleep time now” in a gentle but firm voice and don’t get drawn into a discussion.

If they get out of bed, put them back with a kiss and a cuddle the first time, just a kiss the second time, then with minimal physical contact after that. This part can be really hard, especially as the nights go on, but consistency and a kind tone will help your child feel secure in their bed without the anxiety of being left alone.

Little by little, move further away from the bed each night.

Eventually, you’ll be sitting with the door open, and finally you can say goodnight and go downstairs.

This technique will help your child get used to sleeping alone in a bed. It will also make it easier for you to gain a period of blissful independence each evening before you, too, head for dreamland.

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