Bedtime Routines

I always had a bedtime routine from the time my daughter was 7 months old and up until she was 2 years old. The routine stopped because she refused to be read or sung to like we usually had done. The previous nighttime routine was this: Dinner (6pm), bath (7pm), brush teeth/hair (7:30pm), read a book and sing (7:35 - 8pm), bedtime/sleep (8pm). After she turned 2, she decided she didn't want us to read or sing to her anymore. It turned into a huge battle with her. She is 3 years old now and it now takes three hours just for her to stay in bed and fall asleep. The schedule has staid the same except for the reading and singing. Is there any other ways you put your child to sleep?

  • B
    Feb 10

    She might need a slightly later bedtime now. I’d try that

  • Christy
    Feb 10

    How late would you recommend?

  • B
    Feb 10

    I’d push back 15 or 30 minutes and try it out. Around 2.5 my daughter started taking forever to fall asleep. Starting it all a bit later has helped (some). Her problem now is she wants us to read endlessssssss books. My sister uses a podcast with stories for kids that her kids love. Maybe she’d like that?

  • Christy
    Feb 10

    I've never listened to podcast. Where can I access them?

  • PK
    Feb 10

    If she has her own room, I would suggest getting a door knob cover to put on the inside so she can get out and an OK to wake clock. We got the one with a dog and a ball that turns red (stay in bed) and green (ok to wake). Took my son a week to get it but now he stays in bed. However long it takes for him to fall asleep, he takes it but he knows to stay in bed. I some times let him bring a car or dinosaur to bed with him. It took a week because the first couple of days we kept going in to help him back into bed. Then we figured out that he enjoyed this so we started telling him over his baby cam to go back to bed and that we weren’t going back in to get him until the light was green. I don’t think 8 pm is early for a 3 year old... but it also depends on when your 3 year old wakes up in the morning and when they take their nap and for how long.

  • Christy
    Feb 10

    I love the clock idea! I've heard of it before, but forgot about it. Thank you for the reminder! Door knob covers no longer work because she knows how to take them off. We also don't have a monitor but may consider one. What kind of monitor do you have? She wakes up @ 7pm and gets a 1.5 hour nap everyday @ 1pm.

  • PK
    Feb 10

    We have the iBaby monitor. It’s one that connects with WiFi and you use an app through your phone to access the features. I know there’s safety concerns with WiFi monitors but this one was gifted to us so 🤷🏻‍♀️ and it’s been working well

  • PK
    Feb 10

    And that sleep schedule sounds very close to ours.