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need advice with bedtime routines

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gemmaH26 Tue 25-Feb-14 23:41:05

hi i have a 6 yr old and a 3 yr old my youngest will got to sleep when i put him to bed within 10 mins but my eldest struggles she has excuses its either shes still hungry or she wants to have another video on (as she likes falling a sleep watching 1) but im finding it hard to get her to sleep at a reasonable time eg half 8 or 9 even tho shes in bed she wont settle untill about half 10 11 and its making me tired and we both struggle to get up for school and we have to rush has anyone got tips and advice on wot i can do pls x

Middleagedmotheroftwo Tue 25-Feb-14 23:47:46

Well I'd get rid of the TV in the room for a start. Bath, bed, story, lights out. That's it.

milkysmum Tue 25-Feb-14 23:53:16

I have a 5 and 2 year old. They have either bath or wash and then pj's for 7. Downstairs, milk and supper, one short programme - currently Mr moon and then in bedroom for 8, story and lights out. Yes the oldest my try and push for something else but it's a no I'm afraid. I'm not surprised your all tired at the moment!

gemmaH26 Tue 25-Feb-14 23:57:56

thank you shes been watching videos since she was about 3 and a half and she was no trouble then so i think if i take that away it may make thing worse

ben5 Tue 25-Feb-14 23:58:43

Take the tv out of her room. Bath , teeth , water, toilet , story. Let her read her book for 15 minutes( look at a book). Put a clock in her room so she can look at the time she has left to read

Middleagedmotheroftwo Wed 26-Feb-14 13:41:13

Take the TV out of her room. Pronto.

Will be worse for a week or so, yes. But no long term gain without short term pain.

She's not three and a half any more - she's old enough to realise she can manipulate you so that lights out and sleep is significantly delayed.

Take the TV away, lights out after a story (you reading to her). Say "Mummy is just going downstairs to tidy away/do the ironing/... I'll be back in 5 mins".

Go back in 5 mins. Repeat as often as necessary, putting child back to bed each time with minimum talking, fuss or eye contact. It won't take long for her to get the message that bed means bed.

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