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What is the best way to break a bad sleeping pattern in a 2 year old?

My daughter was sick and I let her sleep a little extra well now shes starting to feel better but she wants to sleep ALL day then shes up all night we dont lay her down until she acts tired near her usual bed time and 2 hours later she wakes up and wants to be up ALL night how can i make sense to her to get her to go to sleep?

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Asked by ravenlynnsmommy at 5:46 PM on Feb. 23, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I would tell her that the "Sandman" came to talk to you the other night, and he was not happy to find out that she was not sleep when she was suppose to. And that the sandman has no chose but to tell Santa Clause. She has one week to get to bed and stay asleep. And that she has to stay awake during the day, because Santa Clause doesn't like little kids that sleep during the day.

    Answer by CrzyHome at 5:56 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • Make sure she gets up at the same time each day.
    Get her into sunlight within an hour of that.
    Make sure she gets her nap or quiet time at the same time she used to.
    Don't wait for her to act tired to get her into bed. That's too late. By that time, her body is starting to release adrenaline to keep her awake. Try to remember what time you've put her down the last couple nights and aim for half hour before that. Keep in mind that a child recovering from a cold still needs a little extra rest for the body to finish it's repairs.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 6:05 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • well she used to have a nap at 2 30 every afternoon and then bed time at 7 but wehn she got sick she wouldnt even wake up until naptime was normally over i dont know what to do me and DH are thinking about mounting the tv on the wall so she cant turn it on once we leave the room

    Answer by ravenlynnsmommy at 6:15 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • kaycee has great advice, i would stick with trying that. as far as the tv, i have heard from several resources that a tv should not be allowed in a childs bedroom at all anyway. it is too distracting and as your child gets older it will be harder to break her from it at bedtime. bedrooms are for sleeping, not watching tv. i'm not being mean at all when i say this. just trying to give some helpful advice for the future. :)

    Answer by ashlyh123 at 6:53 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • I know that and while she was younger I had it on baby first tv so at night time all it was was relaxing music and like ocean scenes now i think its about time to take it out all it is doing is causing sleeping problems when it used to help

    Answer by ravenlynnsmommy at 7:11 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

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