Posted in Sleep, Preschoolers

Sleeping routine 3yr old


My son's sleep is getting out of control. He doesn't want to go to sleep. He has to be touching me or my husband to fall asleep. Then after a few hours in his bed he comes to sleep with/on me. We are guilty of never sleep training him and letting him watch YouTube before bed. He naps 1-3:30 and goes to bed at 9. Anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this. What does your child do before bed?

  • Beth
    Oct 03, 2019

    Oh boy momma. I'm sorry. You've got a hard road ahead. I've got some tips and they'll be hard if it's a big change for you. Start with a new routine. A regular routine that happens at the same time every night. Start putting kiddo to bed earlier. Since he's used to 9pm start putting him to bed a half hour earlier. Doing the same things in the same order. Bath (or not) teeth, hair, storytime, snuggles. We pick only two stories or if we're putting our kiddo to bed late we bring it down to one story. Snuggles are usually a little fun, we lay in the bed for about 10 minutes and then give ours a big hug and big kiss goodnight. And leave. But we've been doing this since she was 6mo. Talk to him about changing the routine. Tell him about going to bed and being a big kid and going to sleep all by himself. Get a noise machine, a fan, something that has a little noise. A night light of some kind that has warm yellow/orange light. Dinner needs to be the same time every night. We usually have it at 6 pm and we're starting our routine at 6:30 or 7. She's sometimes awake at 9 but usually she's asleep by 8pm. There might be crying, it's ok to soothe. But then he needs to learn that he's safe in his room all by himself. Tell him he's safe. Talk to him and explain. 3 years they're starting to understand. Good luck!

  • Cece
    Oct 08, 2019

    Try taking away nap time. Unless he’s really cranky and looks like he needs it then let him nap no longer then 2 hrs maybe before 1pm. My daughter isn’t in school yet and she doesn’t take any naps so bed time is bed time.