Son will sleep for eveyone else, but Mom

Richardsalena - posted on 01/02/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son who will be two in a few days will not lay down to sleep for me. This has just started in the last few months. I used to lay him down every night. He will lay down for his dad, daycare, even grandmas whom he is hardly ever around. But if I lay him down, he will cry for hours if I let him. We go through the same routine every time for pre-bed/nap. Nothing I try seems to work. I know he is tired and he needs a nap, but my nerves are about shot. I don't want to give in and let him stay up. Any Ideas?

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Terri - posted on 01/02/2010

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How do you react when he gets up again and is crying?? He may just do it because he knows you will react a certain way or give him attention..? With my son I put on some mellow music that doesn't have words, maybe try running your fingers through his hair, or reading to him til he is asleep. Or ask what it is that Daddy and Grandma do that is different than what you are doing? Also, he may be feeding off of your anxiety if you have any about getting him to sleep. I notice that sometimes when I drop my son off at daycare if I am feeling woried about him being upset than he usually is, but when I am calm about it so is he. Hope that helps.

Richardsalena - posted on 01/02/2010

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We do a bath every night and pick up toys and tell everyone night-night, even the dogs. He will willingly go to his room and lay down, until I close the door. Then he pops up and starts crying, but if my husband puts him to bed... no problem. He is a serious daddy's boy these days. It really is a problem when daddy is not home to it.

Joelle - posted on 01/02/2010

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my son went through a stage like that.. it drove me nuts.. for him though is he went through a HUUGE mommy stage.. so if i walked 2 steps away from him he cried for me.. and he'd wake himself up to get my attention.. ummm... maybe try changing his routine a little.. give him a warm bath before bed time.. I know it'll feel like you are singled out for a while.. but he WILL grow out of this at the very least.. just hang in there.. you are doing a great job!

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