Just sleep

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Registered: 03-25-2007
Just sleep
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Mon, 10-06-2008 - 10:13pm
Hello, I am wondering if anyone can give me a plus or a minus on sleep aid for children. I have a 4 year old and he goes to sleep ( crashes) at 7:30 or 8 every night, and gets up at 5 or 6 am. Does not nap, and will get a bit crazy around 3. No matter what I have tried he will
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Registered: 06-25-2005
In reply to: shoemebug
Tue, 10-07-2008 - 9:26pm

There is stuff available to help a child FALL asleep, but I'm not aware of anything to help a child STAY asleep. Could you put ds to bed a little earlier in the evening in order to help him get a full night's sleep? After he gets used to going to sleep earlier, you could try gradually moving his bedtime back a bit to see whether that would help him awaken later the next morning.

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Registered: 03-07-2008
In reply to: shoemebug
Wed, 10-08-2008 - 7:03am
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Your DS is getting his sleep quota if he's sleeping 8-6 or 7-5. He may just not need sleep in the day.

Lots of kids get mental around late afternoon. Can you plan something really boisterous for that time to try and head off the out of controlness?
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In reply to: shoemebug
Wed, 10-08-2008 - 11:37am
Thank you for the notes. I am going to try both.
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Registered: 02-10-2008
In reply to: shoemebug
Thu, 10-09-2008 - 10:13am
If naptime is not a choice, how about quite time, and call it that? After lunch or so could he go to his room and listen to a book on tape or watch a calm story telling video ( not Cars, or Blues Clues because that has him interacting and excited) The idea is for him to calm his body and perhaps may fall asleep.
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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: shoemebug
Mon, 10-13-2008 - 2:33pm

Brandi made the suggestion I was to not call it a nap but call it quiet time. During quiet time you can read, watch a quiet video, listen to a book on tape or lie on your bed and talk to your dolls/move your cars or trains around. (they get one or two of those). My dd was very reluctant to nap and would yell and scream if you told her it was nap time. Changing the wording to quiet time made it okay. If she fell asleep great but if she didn't she got enough down time that she didn't fall apart at 5pm while I was starting to prep dinner.

After quiet time, take him out to the park or the backyard and let him run and play so that he can get some of his energy out and will make him tired enough for bed time.