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how do i get my son to go to bed at a decent hour?

hes goes to bed any where from 10:00 pm and after


Asked by newmommy214 at 1:48 PM on May. 13, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • It depends partly on when he gets up and how long he naps.
    Pick what time you want him to get up and get him up at that time every day - even weekends.
    He needs 11 to 15 hours of sleep a day so subtract the hours for his nap and count backwards from his wake up time. That's what time he needs to be asleep. Put him in bed at least 1/2 hour before that.
    Don't drop the nap. Getting him "extra" tired so he'll sleep at night does not work. All it does is flood his body with adrenaline. Could you go to sleep minutes after being mugged? Neither can he and that's what it feels like to an overtired toddler - like someone beat him up and mugged him.

    My daughter is nearly 3 and this is her schedule:
    7:30 wakeup
    noon to 2'ish nap
    7:30 bedtime and she's asleep by 8pm.
    When she sleeps well, her behavior is great and she has no bags or dark circles under her eyes.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 3:01 PM on May. 13, 2009

  • Ouch! That's late. You don't mention how old he is or how long a nap he takes but here's a few general suggestions. First, establish a bedtime routine and stick with it. Try to have the hour (or at least 30 minutes) efore bedtime be quiet activities. Try backing up the time you put him down by 15 minute intervals until you get him to a reasonable bedtime. Also, make sure his naptime isn't too late or too long. lastly, make sure he gets lots of activity during the day to burn off energy!

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:58 PM on May. 13, 2009

  • depends. do you believe in the CIO method? if so, then that's how. my son goes to bed at 8pm no matter what. if he doesn't want to go to bed, then he stays in there and plays with his toys until he's tired, then he'll climb in bed and go to sleep on his own. he used to cry and bang on his door, but i guess now he figures it's useless

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:59 PM on May. 13, 2009

  • my daughter goes to bed at nine and she either goes in and plays with toys until she is tired or she goes in bed and covers up and goes to sleep as soon as she is tired.. I used the CIO methed and established a routine where she always reads a book then listens to some soothing music and kisses us both goodnite then hugs hers froggy then goes to bed..

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:30 PM on May. 13, 2009

  • Set up a routine and stick to it. During the day remind him of the routine. Little by little he will adapt. Start now. The sooner you start the sooner he will adapt. Best wishes.

    Answer by kindness316 at 4:03 PM on May. 13, 2009