DH insists I give our almost 3 year old melatonin pills to put her to sleep at night. Her and I just moved to a different state. We live with my FIL, share a room and bed instead of her own room (since she was 2 mos) and a consistent bedtime routine. Everything has flipped! She falls asleep between 1 and 3 am, naps between 5-9 pm! People have been overloading her with candy and spoiling her since we got here (she's never been around family before) But we don't end up getting ready for bed until 10:00- midnight because family wants to spend time with us or some other thing happens! I'm also working now and her mommy time has several diminished so at bedtime she wants to play, talk and cuddle which I love!! I do not want to give these pills to her, DHs parents think I should, mine don't think that's right.... Dd is having to adjust to a totally opposite life-style now. Idk if I should give her these pills or not!!!?Answer Question
Answer by mompam at 12:19 PM on Sep. 20, 2010
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Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:24 PM on Sep. 20, 2010
It is so hard to have to live with relatives. However, your child is still your child. You need to ask her new health care provider, not relatives, about giving melatonin to a 3 yo. Candy has nothing to do with sleep. Multiple large studies show it does not make kids hyper. Relatives should not be allowed to "spoil" a child, whatever you mean by that. I'm a grandmother and when I care for my grandson it is much the same as when his parents care for him. I don't feel any need to "spoil" him. It's ok for a child to go to bed at 10-11, the time you say you are getting ready for bed. Since you share a bed you can watch a calming video together or listen to calming music or books on tape until she falls asleep.
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