How can I get my 3 year old son go to bedtime at the same time everday at 7pm?

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What I like to do with my kids is since I like for them to start going to sleep at 9, instead of putting them in bed at 9, I make them take a bath/shower, then lay down at 8 with the TV on, lights out for an hour so that they relax. Normally they're asleep before you come back after an hour. If not, they're so relaxed that actually going to sleep isn't a big deal. Hopefully this helps!

Katryna - posted on 02/07/2009

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That's funny as I find the opposite works for my daughter! If she doesn't have a nap then she is overtired and won't sleep.



Try and get into a regular routine. Start it about an hour before bedtime, bath time, pj's, teeth, story, bed. Explain at every step of the way what is going to happen next so he knows what to expect and get him involved- ask him to turn the bath on, pull the plug, choose his pj's and story etc. Keep to the same routine and timings every night, you should have it down within the week. It worked for us. Most importantly don't worry if it takes longer, just keep going. Good luck.

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Becky - posted on 02/08/2009

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Yeah we have a set routine in our house. Dinner at 5 (unless i am working its half 5) then bath at 7 on the dot no arguing, into bed clothes, story lights out. I sometimes hear my 3 year old Jessica playing but its normally on her bed and then she drifts off, we have a gate at the top of our stairs which is shut so she can not come down stairs wtihout calling us. Normally she only calls if she needs the loo (which is down stairs in our house). I would say get the routine going and you find that he will slip into that pattern and know.



Also i found that cutting nap time out or at least make sure it is only say for half an hour and early in the day that helped her.



I am not sure if this will work with our son

Nancy - posted on 02/07/2009

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If he naps take away naptime. It worked with my kids.. Also keep him active..Keep him away from sugary items after a certain time.......By the time 7pm comes he'l want to go to sleep

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