March 03, 2011

Go to sleep, toddler.


This precious little girl

won't go to sleep

when Mommy and Daddy tell her to.



She's been up every night

for the last four days

until at least 10.



One night she was up until

TWELVE-freaking-THIRTY.

Any advice?

32 comments:

Mistakenly Misunderstood said...

I'm def. not a specialist or anything but... No sugar after dinner, Does she take naps? Try cutting them in half. Get her up a few minutes earlier each day... That's just some of the things I have tried. But like I said I'm no expert!

JG said...

Need more info than we can talk.

What time does she wake in the morning - does she nap - what's she eating/drinking during the day?

Let's talk.

meredith said...

i'm obsessed with her. seriously. so FREAKING precious.

PBJdreamer said...

oooh JG is gonna hook you up!

My sister has been known as the baby sleep whisperer, but your girl is old enough to get out of her bed and to talk back so....

I used to find time in the afternoon to totally wear my kids out with physical activity.

good luck babe,

keep us posted!

that is all

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

My kids stay up.. SOOOO LATE.... EVERY NIGHT.... I hate it!!

Christina said...

I know how you feel, except my son goes down easily at night time, he just refuses to take naps. I have a post about it ready for tomorrow. Daylight Savings Time is going to make it so much worse! If you figure it out, let me know.

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

Give her a warm glass of "GO TO BED LITTLE MISS!" ;) seriously I have no idea since I'm not a parent... but I would say ... wake her up as soon as you get up every day and make her fix you breakfast... a few weeks of this and she'll be begging to go to bed early.. or tell her that if she stays up late each night she can help you shave her armpits...

[I figured a few Sandler pokes would make you laugh a bit, good luck girl!] ox

MiMi said...

Wildlife tranquilizer?

Sarah said...

I wish I had the answer. I have TWO of them that just broke free of their cribs, and now will no longer go to bed at a reasonable time.

April said...

A shot of whiskey should help!!!

tara said...

She's beyond cute! Try giving her a few beers?

Heather In The Land Of Mom said...

Oh mama I have no advice to give cause my precious 2 year old monkey is doing the same thing. She does not want to go to bed at night, she doesn't want her nap during the day.

jennykate77 said...

Mimi's comments always crack me up!

I would suggest mainly protein for dinner...it sits heavier on the stomach and makes you sleepy. I'm sure you already try a nice warm bath. I love Johnson and Johnson Lavendar Bath Wash. I even use it on myself.

One thing we had to start doing when Isaiah was little was start going to bed when we laid him down. If there were any lights or noise, he would be up.

More than anything, it's just a phase...so, this too shall pass. She may just be a night owl!

Life with the Websters! said...

No babies here, so I have no advice! BUT- she is defiantely th cutest thing I have seen all day! Her smile is infectious!

April said...

Warm milk and a dose of baby Motrin (or Tylenol) ... my kiddos sometimes need a little something to help them relax and unwind. This usually does the trick.
Good luck!!

Ed said...

Benadryl.

Carrie said...

ditch the nap if she's still taking them. Also, give her some melatonin before bed. It helps reset the sleep clock. You can buy them at Vitamin stores.

Nikosmommy said...

Nothing that hasn't been said here already but...
Trim the afternoon nap to no more than 1 1/2 hours. Wake-up time in the morning no later then 7:30am, no sugar after 6:00pm, and NO nightlight in the room. Our little guy was being kept up till 10 or 11pm for weeks until we realized his nightlight was too much light stimulation!
Also keep the bedtime routine tight- bath, brushing teeth, glass of water, story time, prayers etc. etc. My 2 year old THRIVES on routine... Good luck mama!

Candice said...

Don't let her stay up? Make her stay in her room assuming it has no fun distractions like toys, TV, etc.

Kids don't typically want to stay up and watch the paint dry. At least my kids never did. ;)

Of course, I'm a big meanie.

Karen Peterson said...

Turn on Bob Ross on PBS. His voice will put anyone to sleep.

Diana Clark said...

I learned to have a routine every night, and to let them make choices during the routine. For instance, "Regular bath or bubble bath?" "Potty first or brush teeth first?" "What book do you want to read for bedtime?" (I always make a point of giving two choices, either one of which I want them to do. If the choice is too open-ended, then things can go on and on forever.) WHen my kids were little and got to the point where they were always trying to stay up late, I made them charts and had gold stars. Each night they stayed in their own bed they got a star. If they stayed in the own bed for a whole week, they got some prize or other, usually a quarter for the machines at the supermarket, or some highly desired treat they always wanted but rarely got. Sometimes it would be that they would get to pick the movie for movie night. Whatever it was, working toward a goal made them try harder. Hope this helps!

Diana

Meghan said...

No advice here, but she is flipping adorable, and I LOVE the new blog look!

Kristy said...

I'm sorry I am not very helpful in saying that I am just glad I am not the only one struggling with a toddler that doesn't want to go to bed!

Kristy said...

Ok, so after thinking about it and reading the other comments, I thought I'd tell what my husband and I are trying to do now to help. We have always had a good, consistent routine going, but lately he throws a fit when it's time for the last step - bed. We have done cry it out before, and we just don't want to have to go through it again so we are trying to switch off and on for bedtime routine duty. It usually was always me. Now we do about every other night. He has decreased with the fits (I don't know if it has just been a novel experience for him and that has helped), but when he tries to throw one a couple nights a week, at least the person dealing with the bed time has a little more patience because we're not burned out on being the one to do it every single night. When it comes down to it, I give him kisses in his hand to keep and walk out and the fussing usually only lasts a couple minutes now.

stephanie said...

I wish I knew- we have the opposite problem our little bean likes to wake up at like 4:30 a.m. sometimes. Just because. Shoot me.

SharleneT said...

Routine is important but you're the parents and little angels like this need a full night's sleep. NEVER ask if they're ready to go to bed! Because, if they say no, then you have to respect that answer and wait at least fifteen minutes before you try, again. (Took me months to train my husband to say, "It's bed time. Get your Teddy and I'll tuck you in.") This is not their decision time and I agree with the mother above that open questions are out, too.

Set a bedtime. Let's say, 7:30 -- 8:00 PM at the latest. Dinner, bath, story time (or other quiet play time -- no jumping, crazy, run-around-the-house games) and then, "It's bedtime; let me help you get Teddy (or, other favorite), and I'll tuck you in." Then, do it. Pleasantly walk them to bed. Every step is done with the confidence of you in charge and that they are going to bed. This is not being mean to a child, or treating them with disrepect, or anything more than you knowing better than a toddler what their sleep needs are and you're going to enforce them.

In addition, you and your spouse get to have your own time together, or separately together, because that relationship is just as important. If some of you are working mothers and you don't get back home until seven, make the bedtime no later than 8:30 pm. You're going to have to switch your own things around a bit, until your little angel catches on that that's how it's done in this house.

As my children grew, their bedtime was extended by half hour increments, but no later than 9PM. Having rules and set times is positive parenting. Children don't reach cause-and-effect thinking until puberty and won't make the best choices before that time. I would want to stay up late, too, and not miss anything; but, I really needed my ten hours of sleep -- and so do your children. [stepping off soapbox]

You're going to love what it does to your life.

Me (aka Danielle) said...

My oldest when through a phase where he wouldn't go to sleep.

I found that a solid routine and a small snack seemed to do the trick. The snack, more than anything was the key. We discovered that we were eating dinner a little early and by bedtime, he needed just a small something, because the hunger was keeping him awake.

I hope you find a solution...SOON! It can be so frustrating (as you are well aware of).

Lori said...

Ugh I wish I had advice for you but my toddler won't sleep any earlier. Even when we're lying in bed and she's tired, she's talking, talking, talking all the way until she falls asleep. Hope you find the secret and share it with us all!

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Callista said...

Do NOT use the advice of alcohol or Benadryl!

Yes it would be helpful to know more about naps and wake and sleep times.

1. Cut down on naps.
2. She should be up from her nap NO LATER than 1pm.
3. Keep her active during day, lots of exercise and healthy foods.
4. Everytime she comes out of bed, escort her back. Even if it's every 5 seconds. Be STUBBORN.

Candice said...

I think Sharlene T gave you great advice. Sounds very similar to what we have done with our kiddos since they were itty bitty.

They are 7 and 11 and it's still lights out typically by 8:15 or 8:30 the latest.

It's all about the routine, and it's all about being consistent with them from an early age IMO.

Clare and Gary said...

Brandy....... for you that is... I wouldn't advocate medicating your child with brandy ;-)

Krista said...

Move out.