help with sleep!!!!!!!!!

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Registered: 02-14-2008
help with sleep!!!!!!!!!
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Wed, 02-15-2012 - 10:33am

so my son just turned 3 today!

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Wed, 02-15-2012 - 10:42am
Hi Aimee,

I SO feel your pain! We went through a big phase like this when we put Landon in his big boy bed. Have you tried to put a lock on the inside of his door? That's what worked for us. We put a childproof lock on the inside and he wasn't able to come out of his room. I will say that he got out of his bed and played with toys and books, but he eventually always napped (often on the floor!).

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Registered: 02-14-2008
Wed, 02-15-2012 - 9:28pm

I dont think I could do that.. locking him in - besides I think he would just scream and cry til we got him out which would wake my daughter up..

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Registered: 08-02-2010
Thu, 02-16-2012 - 1:13pm

DD was the best of why she shouldn't take a nap. So I started to put things on time out toys stuffed animals and she finally got the ideal take a nap or you will sit in your room with nothing for a couple hours.

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Fri, 02-17-2012 - 12:50am
I can understand. It certainly isn't something that works for everyone, and really wouldn't be a good idea if he would just scream.

It is really hard to tell why he is waking up so early. Do you think that there could be some noise waking him (like a neighbor leaving for work, noise within the house, dog barking, etc?). I'm wondering if he is waking because of some outside noise and once he's awake he realizes that he can just get out of bed, thus ending his night of sleep. Do you use a white noise machine or anything similar? Landon goes to sleep with the radio on quietly and it seems to help drown out any outside noise (this was particularly helpful with two older brothers that get up and ready for school each morning while he sleeps!).

As far as napping is concerned, I think every child is different. My two oldest boys gave up their nap around the age of four. However, I have a friend who's son was done with napping around the age of two. Since you are saying that he is really out of control in the evening, I'm guessing he is still in need of that afternoon nap.

I think it would probably be quite difficult to get him to bed earlier at night than you already are. I know it isn't ideal, but would you be willing to let him hop in bed with you to snooze for a while each morning?

Another option is the Supernanny method. Each time he comes out of his room at bedtime or naptime (and possibly in the early morning hours?), return him back to his bed without saying a word. It is exhausting, and you'll likely have a few rough days, but I know many mamas who swear by this method! Eventually they realize that they need to stay in bed and quit trying to leave their room.

Good luck! I hope you find a method that works best for you and your family.

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Thu, 02-23-2012 - 7:05pm

I wish he would sleep with us!

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Sat, 02-25-2012 - 9:49pm

You might try hold off on bedtime a little while longer, maybe he will sleep til a normal (and somewhat more reasonable) time in the morning. Also, try to be consistent with bedtime. I have an almost 4 yr old and a 5 yr old and I try really hard to keep their bedtime schedule on track. Also, I don't know where you live, but you might let him run around outside to wear him out? Just thoughts...totally up to you!