How to get your 4 yr old child to bed at a decent time?

Lauren - posted on 05/31/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )




I dont remember on how my child went from sleeping at 8 pm every night to now going to sleep at 12 or 1 in the morning I have tried putting her down between 730-8 but she never falls asleep...Any suggestions will help thank you!!!


Jodi - posted on 06/01/2012




Lauren, it would really help if we understood her current sleeping pattern (eg, is she still napping, what time does she get up in the morning), and what sort of activity she is doing through the day, what is she doing between 8pm and midnight (what sort of behaviour are you seeing, what is happening), what sort of bedtime routine do you have and is it regular. These things could all have an impact.


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Yeah, we definitely need more details about her current sleeping patterns.

Here's a basic routine day for my 4 year old, if this helps.

He wakes usually between 7-7:30 am. If he isn't awake by 8, I wake him. Breakfast, school, home from school at 3:40pm. Snack, play time.

I try to serve dinner every night at the same time (6pm).
Bath is at 7:30.
By 8:30 he's ready for bed. We have a routine pretty much from the moment he gets off the bus in the afternoon until he goes to bed. We are constantly setting timers, so that he helps in the responsibility of his routine and knows what to expect next. Like, when he gets out of the tub, we set a timer and he knows that when the timer goes off, it's time to pick up toys. Then we set another timer and when that goes off, he knows that it's time to put the Kindle away and go to bed. I don't know if this helps. Like I said, we need a little more info.

I do know that it would be wise (IMO) for you to find a way to get your daughter back on an earlier bed time routine. You want her already sort of on a schedule before she starts school, so that she's already used to certain waking/sleeping times. Good luck :)

User - posted on 06/01/2012




Does she sleep in late in the mornings? If so, maybe you could start waking her up at say 7:30, so she isn't sleeping into the day.

Stifler's - posted on 06/01/2012




Is she going to bed but just playing in her room until then or staying up with you watching tv or whatever?

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