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20/07/2010 at 11:04
Hi All I have a 3 year old boy who hasen't got a routine and he starts pre-school in Sept 2010. His routine at the moment is 9pm - 10pm I take him up to his room, wash, pjs and get him into bed, but then when I say that I am going to go downstairs or go into the bedroom he gets out of his bed and then he gets his toys and throws them over his stairgate to his room and gets upset and cries, then it takes a while for him to settle down so at the moment I have to stay with him on his bed until he falls asleep and the with the fact that we are expecting our 2nd baby which is due on the 2nd Aug 2010, I want to get it sorted as soon as possible, also he will be doing a playscheme on the 26th July - 6th Aug 2010, 10am - 2pm, where he will be going to his local nursery to get him used to doing a long strech ready for when he starts in Sept 2010. Also he has started to potty train as well, when I take him to change his nappy I take him to the toliet and he does a wee or poo and I praise him for that and the other week his nursery said that his nappies where getting tight for him and to take him to the toliet every 15 mins, so I have only started using this over the las day and I have put him in pants and just a nappy at night, but I just want to make it right as with the baby on the way it will be hard to do it all at once. Has anyone got any ideas, help or advice for me. Tibbs
20/07/2010 at 22:18
Sleeping wise,you could try settling him in his bed and sitting at the end,no contact ,no chatting,till he goes to sleep.Next day sitting on the floor.Next day middle of the room,and then by the door.Everytime he gets up,just put him back to bed,no playing,talking,extra hugs,just "back to bed" and put him back in.I think that'll be easier for both of you than a hysterical child,this way you're there but you're not sort of thing..
Routine is something you'll need to work on for nursery in September.You'll need to have your son sleeping roughly 7 till 7 if he's to be fit for nursery the next day.
Start the bedtime routine earlier.After his tea do something calmer till bathtime.Take him up for his bath,give him a story and settle him in his bed.You'll probably find it easier moving the bedtime forward by 15 minutes or so each day,till you get to where you want it to be,whatever suits you and your child.If you can get your son going to bed and staying there at a reasonable time,it'll make things so much easier for you,you're going to be up in the night with the new baby.
Potty training seems to be going well,you say your son's doing both wees and poos in the potty fine,so just keep doing what you're doing.At some point you'll just find he took himself there.
It's a lot to ask of you or your son to achieve all that in a couple of weeks,and there will be disruption when baby arrives,but you can work towards a routine before then.You must be very tired this end of your pregnancy,so hopefully you'll get yourself some childfree evenings before baby gets hee
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