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13/10/2008 at 22:35
Hi there, i'm new here and this is my first thread.
I'm a 33 year old mum to Ethan who is two in November. My partner and i realise that we'v been lucky to keep Ethan in a cot for this long but he recently started climbing out so we put him into a bed. It's been 7 days today and it's going from bad to worse. We'r just about managing to find teqhniques for settling him at night (but any tips would be greatly accepted). The problem is that we can't settle him in for his day time nap. I wouldnt mind if he had outgrown them but he is tiring as normal. It's just impossible to settle him down as he thinks it is all a game. He as always gone down well for his naps around 1pm and sleeps for two hours. I don't want to resort to driving him around in the car to get him off to sleep but it is looking like my only option. Today he fell asleep at 4pm as he was so shattered and my dad who was looking after him could not wake him up until 5pm (he said he was sock on). It is now 22.34 and Ethan is still up and active. Our beautiful routine of two years is slipping away. How can we save it?
please answer my prayers!!!
14/10/2008 at 07:13
Sorry I can't offer any advice as we have notyet reached that milestone but i'm sure some of the others here will be able to help.
Just wanted to intrroduce myself,My name is Jenni and i'm mummy to Isabelle who is 16months. Caht to you soon and hope someone helps you out!
14/10/2008 at 16:43
Hi im Emma mum to riley.
When we moved him ino a bed we did what mel suggested. He had a warm milk and a story then was happy to snuggle into bed,we never used a bed guard just put pillows on the floor really and he never fell out(touch wood).They are a good to get anyway to see if it helps.
14/10/2008 at 22:20
Hi ladies, thanks for your replies. Ethan has always had a warm bath, calm down time with a milky drink, story time and then into bed. We have never had any problems and he has slept through for 12 hours. We are still following the same routine has i do not think i could break this so i guess we will just have to percivere for now. It is 22.13 and he has just settled so better than last night (40 minutes) whoo hoo! This as been the hardest change we have experienced (and it is only day 9). I think we will have to give the bed guard a go & hope that it works otherwise i will have to purchase a box of matches (for my eyelids). Thanks again guys, look forward to chatting again!
27/10/2008 at 21:02
Hi ya, sounds tough. We've just moved my eldest into a bed (he's 2.5) and here's what we did.
Nap time - He has his lunch and then we take his milk and sleepytot into my bed and read two stories. Afterwards I let him choose where he wants to nap - either his new bed or my bed. He's never been allowed to do this before but I say that he can choose now that he's growing up. He has chosen my bed nearly every day for the past two weeks. I then put all the lights out, pop up our blackoutblind (the baa baa blinds can go up in any room so I use it in my room and his, depending where he sleeps) and leave him alone. He puts himself to sleep with his comforter, dummy and it's dark too.
In the evening he does play up more. We've got one of those clocks from the baby sleep shop (www.babysleepshop.com) which shows day and night. We've also got a reward chart. So after his night time routine, I show him the clock (sleeping bunny) and say that when the bunny is awake he can call me. If he goes to sleep and doesn't call me unnecessarily at night, he gets a star on the chart. When he has enough stars, he can have a treat. It all sounds quite long winded but it doesn't take too long and he's asleep by 8 every night, still naps and wakes at about 7am. So far so good. Good luck. x
27/10/2008 at 21:45
Hi MilsyMoo, thanks for your advice. I have a similiar day time routine to the one you describe but Ethan just refuses to stay in bed. By 2 oclock i have to give in because I don't like him having late naps. It just doesnt seem to be clicking with him (it's been three weeks today), I had an idea that he would be like this because he is a very active little boy and always looking for adventure. It upsets me because he has always been so happy & content with bedtime, and we had a lovely little routine. He still has bathtime followed by stories & cuddles & then lights out. It's from there on that it all goes pear shaped. I like the idea of the sleeping bunny clock though so i will check this out.
He has now started to insist on using the toilet and won't wear a nappy so it's a double whammy (he knows how to make things hard for himself).
THANKS FOR THE REPLIES THOUGH, IT'S GREAT THAT EVERYONE HERE IS SO SUPPORTIVE!
28/10/2008 at 07:20
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04/11/2008 at 18:17
05/11/2008 at 21:10
JUST HAD TO LET YOU ALL KNOW ABOUT THE BREAK THROUGH!!
ETHAN LOVES STARS! HE LOVES WATCHING THEM IN THE NIGHT SKY AND WAVES TO THEM EVERYNIGHT. THING IS, THEY ARENT THERE EVERYNIGHT AT THE MINUTE, DUE TO THE YAKKY WEATHER SO MY BLOKE CAME UP WITH A BELTER OF AN IDEA. WHY DIDNT HE THINK OF IT SOONER! MEN ARE SOOOO SLOW (lol).
ETHAN NOW HAS IS VERY OWN ARRAY OF STARS, RIGHT ABOVE HIS BED. (THE ONES THAT ILLUMINATE IN THE DARK). HE LOVES THEM! HE HAS ACTUALLY BEEN ASKING TO GO TO BED EARLIER THAN USUAL. HE ISNT BOTHERED ABOUT HIS STORIES ANYMORE THOUGH (WHICH I'M A BIT DISAPPOINTED ABOUT) AS HE WANTS THE LIGHT OUT STRAIGHT AWAY. HE LIES THERE LOOKING AT THEM & BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, HE'S OUT LIKE A LIGHT. RESULT!!!!!!!!
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