Created by Updated on Aug 23, 2013
My son is all of 2. 7 years .... and since the past two months putting him to bed at night has become a task which I dread. I have tried everything in the books from trying to set a routine to reading to singing lullabies... phew ! He is most energetic at night when we enter the bedroom to call it a day !. Continuous chatter to playing games and even dancing to bollywood numbers - he wants to do all of this and more at sleeping time. If i start reading a book to him .... his array of endless questions and prancing on the bed defetas the purpose. Singing a lullaby to him makes him join in (lols). And in the end i accept defeat and resort to scaring him. If he doesnt sleep then a big lion will jump in - this is the only thing that works. But I am sure this isnt a healthy way of doing things in the long run.... I do recognise that may be this behavior stems from the fact that this is the only time he gets to see both his parents together. This is inevitable though in our modern day working lifestyle. How do you put your child to sleep ? I 'd like to know more innovative ideas....
| Aug 23, 2013
Dear Ruchee ... Your toddler is truly a cute bundle of energy :) and as you have aptly pointed it out that he gets energised to be with both his parents at night. A child of his age should typically sleep 12 to 14 hours. So, you may try to calculate how many hours should he sleep during the day and how much hours should he be sleeping at night, then fix the time to sleep and stick to it religiously. His natural body clock will take a few days to get accustomed and the journey will be easier after that. You may also try letting him slip into comfortable clothes and other bed-time rituals, also make sure that the environment in the house supports sleep. By that I mean that T. V, laptops, Cell-phones should not be creating disturbance and lights should be dimmed. If reading stories from the books is not working than try narrating stories in the bed. After one story firmly and gently tell him that now all will go to sleep :) As he feels good with both of you around, then papa n mumma can also relax for some time with the lil one and may be you guys also get to sleep earlier and better. Hope that helps.
| Aug 23, 2013
Being A Mom of just 3 months old baby i dont have much ideas but still can guide u a bit using what i researched for sleeping patterns and all. First thing is u need to be calm while making ur toddler to sleep.. I do know after a long daily works,there is an equal need for u to have sleep. But ur baby will sleep soon if u are calm and handling using positive mindset. Watch that u do not say "NO" too often. It can get very tiring for both of u. Warm Water Bath before sleep makes baby sleep faster and peacefully. when u want ur toddler to do something,speak we rather than u. Instead of saying,"u go to sleep", Try telling "let us go to sleep".. And start preparing to get the things done by urself rather than waiting ur baby to make first move. U try to sleep, keep environment light.. Lights dimmed and no cellular disturbances. I am not having much of the ideas but i think trying this could help u or may be u have tried this and this would still be not working. All The Best.. Be Happy.. Happy MOM = Haapy CHILD. :)
| Aug 24, 2013
Chk on hw much time he sleeps in noon. Make sure it is not more than 2 hrs. Lot of kids sleep in late afternoon.. like 4-6 pm. Avoid that. He should sleep by 2pm latest. Also make sure he dosent get up too late in morning. U could enroll him in a school so that he gets to play with everyone n that could make him a lil tired after comming home that he sleeps off early.