How do you get your kids to fall asleep at a normal bedtime?

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Laura - posted on 02/09/2009

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its certainly hard when you are working as well...but you only have to send them back to their room for a small amount of time and then your nights will be alot more peaceful! I think it only took around a week of constant no go back to beds that the boys now go to bed at 7.30 with whatever book they want and they lay in there with their lights on and doze off generally within 20 minutes. supernanny does say turn the light off and just keep sending htem back but my boys refused to be in the dark. Just work with the basic  and see what works for your child. Def dont let them play with any toys or watch movies in there room cause there mind wont relax. Oh and get ready for excuses of i need a drink i need to go to the toilet...just stay calm and remember short time pain for long time gain is worth the effort

User - posted on 02/08/2009

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My husband and I are having the same problem with our 2 1/2 yr old. We did take his crib down to a bed because he was climbing out. The question is after working all day and being stressed out how do you stay calm enough to keep escorting his back to bed after its been 2 hrs. I find it so hard to stay calm and continue on its easier to give in and just lay down with him. But I am getting tired of not having any time to ourselves or to my self for that matter. Any suggestions?

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I have a nightly routine for my three yr old. She bathes at 6:30. Then she reads a story. After that she prays and goes to bed by 7:30. However, sometimes she doesn't go right to bed, but she still lays there though.

Ricki - posted on 01/29/2009

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What Jenny wrote is very true.  I hate to say this, but I saw the same situtation on the Nanny program.  The nanny taught the parents to stay in control of their emotions and to just keep putting the children back in bed.  Having a pre-bedtime routine also seems to help.  Especially the bath or shower before bed.  For whatever reason that warm tubby helps calm them down.

Jenny - posted on 01/29/2009

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You just have to keep putting them in their bed until they get the message that you won't allow anything else. I know it sounds harsh, but it really isn't. If they get up just say it's bed time and lead them back to bed. You don't even have to say a word if you don't want. Just remember two things: stay calm and in control, and do not give in.

Leah - posted on 01/29/2009

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I have the same problem with my daughter! My son I refuse to turn his crib into a toddler bed for that reason. I need some suggestions. It is almost 9pm sometimes 10pm before she falls asleep.

Stephanie - posted on 01/29/2009

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Thanks but I put my girls in the bed and they keep coming out of their rooms.  What can I do about that?

April - posted on 01/29/2009

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I put my boys in the shower every night at 8:00 and they are in bed my no later than 8:30. They lay there for a few moments and by 8:45 they are out. I used to have to leave the night light on. Or I bought them a lava lamp. They both loved it. Both of my boys have seperate rooms but they beg to sleep with each other. I dont think that they have ever slept in their own rooms. I hop that I helped some. 

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