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My older son, also age 3, is afraid to be alone and has had similar difficulties going to bed. I found that firmness and absolute consistency were the key. Otherwise, that small amount of random attention you give him (an extra snuggle, some extra conversation, etc) ends up being as addictive as a Las Vegas slot machine, and he'll keep pushing your buttons ...


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It seems to me from your question that a few things could be going on. Is he not tired? If he is still taking naps, he may not need them any more, or his bedtime is too early. He might need less sleep than he used too. Does he have any choices? The second thing it sounds like could be going on is that he wants to run the show. I find that at 3 years, ...


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Does he take naps during the day? That was the main problem here. We put him to bed in a normal manner 3 or 4 times, after that we just lay him in his bed and leave the room. All without talking or tucking him in. In my opinion the less attention you give him the better. He knows what is expected and eventualy it will get easier (in our case the problem ...


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That's the schedule my 3 year old has been on the last year, except he wakes a bit earlier. Removing naps doesn't help, and moving to earlier wake-up doesn't make much of a difference either. What does help is going outside late in the day. We go almost every day on a walk to the park a block away from after dinner to dark. This is only possible in the ...


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Your going to have to shift the schedule upwards and wake him earlier, either that or cut out the nap (when he is capable of skipping naps). My toddler goes to school only three days a week, and when she does she wakes up at 6:30am, she takes a nap anywhere from 12:30-1:30 till about 2 or 3. On those days she falls asleep by 8pm naturally, I could not ...


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I have a whole bunch of kids and the one thing they have in common the most is that every single one of them is completely different from all the other ones. For example, for the first few months of his life this one boy would not sleep when laid down. He'd fall asleep perfectly find on your arm, but once you carefully put him down he'd awake within about ...


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I had the very same problem with my first child, and now again with my second. Here is what I found that helped: -based on No Cry Nap Solution book, go in just before 35/40min wake up time and use a method that helps 'coach' them through the wake up. I tried shushing, patting bum or back, re-soothering, or slightly bouncing mattress beside them. Each were ...


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The main thing is to keep them cool if you can and adding blankets is definitely not a good idea as heat is a bigger contributor to SIDS than sleeping position (and last time I checked the advice on position was heavily based on evidence of correlation rather than causation.) once your baby is about five months old she will learn to roll over as part of ...


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I suspect you would like your son to sleep earlier so you have some time with your spouse, or "me time", which I totally understand. A child isn't going to sleep if he/she isn't tired. Your boy's getting a good amount of sleep for his age, so cutting down on his sleep isn't the way to go, but adjusting the pattern can be done. Simply wake him up earlier, ...


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My Son (also 3 years and 10 months) started getting out of bed and going to sleep around 22:00. In the proccess he often waked his younger brother (1 year 6 months). In the morning he sleeps to around 6:45 To solve this we reduced his nap to max 1 hour, and wake him up then. This is not ideal around dinner time he is very tired and sometimes falls asleep at ...


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Some kids respond well to adjustments in their sleep schedule, some don't. That is probably due to levels of certain hormones (Melatonin, Seratonin, etc.), but in any event it's basically inherent to the child. My first has a hard time with adjustments; my second has a fairly easy time. Same basic techniques used with both. I wouldn't assume a change in ...


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CIO (Cry It Out) works perfectly and all schedules are best started as early as possible. I dont have an article to quote, just experience. I swaddle my son and he doesnt roll over/and sleeps throughout the whole night and has since a surprising 2 months. He stays up 90% of the day to make up for that though (haha). About CIO hurting the baby, I firmly ...


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I think a three hour nap (while probably wonderful for the parent) is a long period for a child his age to nap. I would start reducing his nap time by a few minutes every day, waking him with an activity he enjoys during quiet times until he's mostly fully awake, and switch over to something more exciting. He will probably go to bed sooner at night and sleep ...



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