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Lack of Sleep

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Poonam Sarpotdar

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Aug 01, 2013

Hi, My daughter is 2. 4 years and has issues with sleeping . She doesnt sleep before 2 am. We tried switching off lights, singing lullybys, but all in vain. Rather she gets more energetic post midnight. She wakes up only post noon, but doesnt sleep throughout the day. Me being a working mother, at times get irritated with her, as it disturbs my routine, though later i repent. Any suggestions on how to tackle this issue.  

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Shikha Garg

| Aug 08, 2013

Hi Poonam, I have followed some tips for my daughter since she was 2 months old. These have worked wonderfully for me. May be these help you too: 1) Wake up ur kid ealrly in the morning by 8 u can tell her by giving soemthing attractyive like playing in the balcony early morning with u and her dad. 2) After bath and breakfast make her sleep for sometime. 3) and the most imp[ortant one is paly with her or send her to park or any play area arround 6. make her play and do lot of physical activities. This will make her tired. 4)Next, most imp is once she is back from playing, you can massage her feet by a baby oil. This will relax her. Nest, give her a bath or wash her feet and hands, change her clothes. Always, make her sleep in her night clothes (You might be already doing this). Make sure that the night clothes are not mixed with the day ones. Let her eat her dinner and then switch off the lights and lie down in bed with her. The evening activities are very important for the kids to have good night sleep. This has always worked for me. My daughter sometimes sleeps in the evening but even then she sleeps on time at the night. She has now adapted that its time to sleep when these 3-4 activities are done with her. Hope this helps....

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Poonam Sarpotdar

| Aug 02, 2013

Thank you !! Will try this.

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Shikha Batra

| Aug 01, 2013

Hi dear POonam! I know it cud be very frustrating for a working mother to be awake till 2 a. m. It is advisable that please wake her up in the morning by 8 or 9 a. m. for two or three days. I can understand she will be cranky. But by doing this u will be able to break her wrong sleep cycle. The caregiver at home could keep her awake by giving her bath , taking her to park or playing games with the child. Then by giving her lunch by 1 p. m. n making her sleep for 1 and a half hr to 2 hrs. then waking her up and by 9 to 10 p. m. again making her sleep. Half an hr to 1 hr here and there shd be ok. But more or less sticking to it for a week or so would help u break her old sleep cycle. This one week could prove to be little challenging for u but ultimately it will be for her good and the whole family too. Secondly it would prepare her for the days to come when she will be joining school. U cud also make her join playschool as this wud set her routine. Hope this works!!

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AM

| Aug 01, 2013

*2pm make him sleep.

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AM

| Aug 01, 2013

I also had same problem... i was fed up with my son routine....... I spoke many of friends.... and came to know that child shud hv proper routine... for meal and sleep as well... and only mother can do this job. So I stated doing the same. I used to wake him up by 8am and give him b'fast. after two hrs give him bath (in between some fruit or juice) and by 1am lunch by 2pm make him. In between if he used to feel sleepy I make him awake anyhow by playing or take him out. I make fix 2pm-5pm his noon nap time. 9pm his sleeping time. Trust me I did all this just for less than one week and automatically he started feel sleepy by 2pm. Now my son is 3. 6yrs and still he has this habbit... he sleeps by 2pm.

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