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WTF do you have to do to get them to go to sleep?

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rickman Thu 11-Aug-05 20:58:07

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Magscat Thu 11-Aug-05 20:58:32

What age ?

wheresmyfroggy Thu 11-Aug-05 20:59:03

Both would do it for sure

How old by the way?

rickman Thu 11-Aug-05 20:59:24

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Magscat Thu 11-Aug-05 21:01:39

I take it you've done all the usual things like stories & eventually yelling IT'S BEDTIME GO TO SLEEP to no affect?

morningpaper Thu 11-Aug-05 21:01:57

A solid catch on the bedroom door keeps 'em in.

Magscat Thu 11-Aug-05 21:02:11

Screaming because upset or just playing up?

MrsWednesday Thu 11-Aug-05 21:03:40

Magscat, that's so true. I thought I was the only one who did that

Magscat Thu 11-Aug-05 21:07:49

MrsW - luckily it's not something I have to resort to very often with ds but when I do it's if he's deliberately mucking about & it just seems to let him know 'That's it. Mummy's patience has run out!' Can't complain he's really good most of the time.

rickman Thu 11-Aug-05 21:11:23

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hermykne Thu 11-Aug-05 21:12:56

wake them up really early tomorrow as punishment
and tell them its 10am

rickman Thu 11-Aug-05 21:14:30

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hermykne Thu 11-Aug-05 21:16:06

earlier than 7am?

Fio2 Thu 11-Aug-05 21:17:42

you should stop feeding them processed food, organic only
no sugar in their diet
lots of spontaneous play throughout the day, black out blinds

can you afford a night nanny, I have a number for an agency thatis highly recommended

rickman Thu 11-Aug-05 21:20:31

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Fio2 Thu 11-Aug-05 21:24:42

I am having trouble getting mine to sleep and bordering on the err side of sanity

tell her i will get her under the cold shower at the beach if she doesnt go to bed//

wendywoos Fri 12-Aug-05 11:37:21

I have watched that nanny program where she comes to the house to sort out bad kids. There was one little girl that would not stay in bed. The parents had to be strong, and each time she got out of bed, just take them back to bed and shut/lock the door and explain that as long as she stays in bed we will reopen the door. It took over an hour on the first night but over a few days that little girl was goinng to bed like an angel! But its imortant to remain consistent with the same bed time/routine. I have had to be strong with my daughter whos 19 months cos she wouldn't sleep through and woke up six times per night for a bottle. I just ignored her one day and was firm about it, and after four nights she was sleeping through. Be strong, be firm.

moondog Fri 12-Aug-05 11:39:28

Clost the door,hover outside, and roar like a lion every time they dare to open it.

Works for me.

spidermama Fri 12-Aug-05 11:47:35

I growl at them Moondog. My dh tells me off and says it#s scarey. That's the point though isn't it?

moondog Fri 12-Aug-05 11:53:48

Exactly
(My dd sometimes runs back to bed screaming. Precisely the effect I sought,heh heh.

My sister has two 'difficult' sleeper,both under 4. Without belittling the problem,dh and I were amazed at the palaver when she came to stay last week!

By the second night,she had worked out this set up; travelcot plus extra bed on the floor for the youngest,in case he didn't settle with her in a glorious king sized bed (her dh wasn't with her).The other child also had a bed on the floor in case the king sized didn't suit. This arrangement involved nearly all my spare duvets,bedding and cushions. Furthermore,she had also triend them both out in my daughter's king sized bed.......

'Just put them to bed and shut the bloody door' I said. Obviously,we then had a row.

fqueenzebra Fri 12-Aug-05 11:54:09

tire them out in the day (take them for 4 mile hikes) restrict day-time naps, make them stay in their rooms even if they can't sleep. DD is an insomniac like me and can spend 1-2 hours or more babbling and role-playing with her animals in her room before she finally goes to sleep.

I feel bad because and sometimes let her out so she can have some 1-to1 time with me, but mostly she needs that 1-1.5 hours of very quiet non-interactive time just to wind down.

Papillon Fri 12-Aug-05 11:55:21

perhaps it might be less drama if they went to bed abit later. 8 - 8.30pm. Especially in the summer.

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