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Getting kids ready for bed, and making them stay there. See the "sleep" tag for questions on issues while they're asleep.

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I work late and my 4yr old wont go to sleep

I work late and usually don't get home till 2 or 3 a.m. and my 4yr old is wide awake. Gives trouble to go to bed early when I'm away working. I don't want my kid going to sleep at 2 or 3 in the ...
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Best practices to maintain an early, consistent bedtime

Some background, my wife and I have a preschooler and a seventeen month old. We ended up transitioning our eldest out of a crib and into a bed around the time our youngest was born. We did this before ...
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A natural vs more rigid bedtime for a three year old

Some background, my wife and I largely follow best practices when it comes to our child's bedtime routine. We start at the same time, go through the same calming routine, and for the most part haven't ...
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Baby wet the bed (almost 2 years old)

i'm new over here. also i'm new in parenting in genenral - this is my first son :) hopefully that i'm not duplicating this question, my 20 month baby is wetting the bed every single night, we haven't ...
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How to help a 7 year old understand how much sleep he needs?

My son is now writing a timetable for himself which is fantastic. His mother was never keen because she'd have to keep to it too. His mother is finally starting to try to set a bedtime but still fails ...
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6-year-old stays up until after midnight every day

Our daughter (O.) is 6 years old. She has always (read: since she was born) been someone to rather get up late and stay up late (in contrast to her little sister (Y.), who is much more of an early ...
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13 month old constantly wakes up at night

My son has never been a baby whose slept through the night. He always woke up constantly to feed. Now, he still wakes up the same amount of times and still wants to feed either milk or water. Doctor ...
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Should I issue consequences at bed time?

My nine year old has always had excellent bedtime habits. We considered ourselves fortunate and have maintained consistent routines. She typically goes to bed between 8 and 830. Recently she has ...
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Should I have the same bedtime as my sister?

I'm a 13 year old girl and share a room with my 9 year old sister. Our mom always sends us to bed at 8:30pm, although I'm 4 year older. My sister is nagging that she can't sleep alone. 8:30 pm is too ...
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How do I get my toddler dried and dressed after the bath calmly?

My toddler loves bathtime, and he loves running around naked afterwards. But this is the trouble! He runs away from me whilst I'm trying to put his cream on, PJs on. Once we are upstairs with milk/...
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Why is my toddler protesting sleep with me and not my partner?

My 21 month old has had a very regular bed time routine for a long time now: dinner > bath > read books > sing a song > lay down in crib (awake) > say goodnight, love you, and leave the ...
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What can I include in the bedtime routine for an active 6 month old?

My baby's routine used to be a warm bath, book, massage, holding him while gently walking around (the only thing that actually calms him), and then rocking with him till he's drowsy. It used to take ...
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Toddler playing in room instead of sleeping

I have two years' nine-month year old who we recently daytime potty trained. Ever since he’s been climbing out of the crib to turn on the light and play with books, toys, or blankets in his room for ...
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2.5 years old wants bottle of water to fall asleep

We just recently potty trained our 2.5 years old son. This didn't take a very long time luckily (about 5-6 days of "incidents" and suddenly no more). The issue now is with night training, because he ...
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Why won't my 3-year-old let her mum put her to bed?

My daughter will only let me put her to bed in the evening and not my wife. In fact she will not respond at all until the morning to her, whether its getting up for a pee or a wander or a drink. It ...
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why does my toddler's sleep schedule shift week by week?

My daughter is 15 months old, and for a good while now she will sleep through the night. I wake up with her in the morning and can't help but notice that she'll sleep until 7am for 3 days in a row, ...
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Sudden onset of multiple tantrums a day in toddler

My two year old son has recently started with constant, unrelenting contrary/oppositional behavior and tantrums. I realize that saying "no" and tantrums are basically the traditional ...
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Looking for a strategy to help my daughter sleep on her own

My daughter is almost five months old and extremely dependent on my wife and I both going to sleep and staying asleep. She sleeps in the bed with us most of the night feeding, if my wife rolls over or ...
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How to stop our 2-year-old's bedtime tantrums and make her sleep through the night?

Our daughter is approaching 2 and has consistently had issues with bedtime. At the mention of bedtime, she will regularly start crying (but still follows me upstairs to bed). In general, one of us ...
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What to do about a 4.5-year-old soiling underwear shortly before bedtime when he usually uses the toilet?

My 4.5-year-old son was well potty trained. He has only recently started to soil his pants. This always happens in the 30 minutes before bedtime, always when he is in his room playing alone. He tells ...
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How to get a 1-year-old to sleep through?

We've got a boy who is nearly a year old. He's woken practically every night. He is breastfed, and is currently eating solids very well. Down to a couple of breastfeeds a day really. However, he ...
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How can I get involved in the parenting of my girlfriend's sister's 5-year-old who spends too much time on screens etc.?

I am a 30ish years old man, living at my girlfriend's parents place for 4 months. It's been 2 months already, 2 more to go. I don't have kids (yet, but want to). With us is my girlfriend's sister and ...
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What to do about a 2-year-old who won't sleep without being held?

I nanny for a family whose 2-year-old refuses to sleep without being held, both at naps and night time. She has a bad gag relflex and will continuously throw up if left to cry it out. And once she ...
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Takes too long to put toddler to sleep on mattress on floor

My son is 1 year, 10 months and he is used to sleep on a mattress on a floor. At the very beginning, he was in a crib but it didn't last long. We decided to put him on a mattress mainly for safety ...
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How to enable my 2.5-year-old to read after going to bed when he shares a room with my 1-year-old?

My 2.5-year-old son likes to read. We put him down early enough that he is often awake for 30 minutes or so before falling asleep. I would like to enable him to read on his own for a bit to pass the ...
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What to do about our toddler fully regressing with sleep and acting out after we got a baby?

We have a 2.5-year-old child. Our toddler was colic for the first 6 months, then slept like a champ - seeming to make up for his past indiscretions as an infant ;) At 2 we transitioned him to a "big ...
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How to improve our 3-year-old's sleep cycle without skipping long afternoon nap?

My 3-ear-old goes to daycare where they have the policy to not wake up the sleeping kids. Therefore she ends up taking 3 hours nap from 12-3. When she comes home around 6 pm, she would be all fresh ...
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Is my toddler's sleep pattern normal or does he sleep too much? [closed]

My 2.5-year-old son's sleep pattern has drastically changed the last couple of weeks. Now he generally goes to sleep about 10pm, sleeps through until 9am or a bit later. He is only awake for about 4 ...
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1 year old keeps waking up at 3 am

In the last month or so, our 13 month old has woken up around 3 am and been vehemently against going back to sleep. It's sort of a combination of being against being put back to bed and being very ...
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6-year-old child taking about an hour and a half to get to sleep

When we put our 6-year-old child to bed, he can take between 45 and 90 minutes to get to sleep, if we leave and don't lie with him. If we do, it's 20 to 30 minutes. His 4-year-old brother, who sleeps ...
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Shall I be worried about my 6-year-old girl still sleeping with us from time to time?

My six-year-old younger daughter still sleeps with us from time to time at the early morning hours. She gets to sleep in her own bed each and every evening (with the exception of some rare cases, ...
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How to remove electronics and shift sleep schedule of 6-year old?

I started taking care of my grandchild when she was still 7 months old. During her first day to 6 months old she was with her father and my daughter. Sadly, their relationship didn't last. Right now, ...
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How to make an 11-month-old, who wakes up multiple times at bedtime, sleep at night?

We have an 11-month-old infant. H has never been a good sleeper. We have tried everything and nothing has worked. Right now, we put him in bed around 7:30PM (after bedtime routine) he typically ...
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Is it normal for a 16-month-old to always wake up at the same time no matter what?

I have a 16-month-old daughter. I'm 5 months pregnant with her baby brother. No matter what time I put her down for bed she wakes up at 12:30 am. I've tried putting her in bed at 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm, 10 ...
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What can I as a teenager do about my insanely strict parents?

Before I start this, I just want to let everyone know that even though my parents can be completely clueless about parenting at times, I still love them very much, so don't go commenting that I'm "...
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Bedtime for 12-13 year old girl

My 12-13 daughter currently goes to bed at 9:00 PM but lately she's been asking to go to bed at a later time, like 9:30 or 10:00 PM. I know she'll be starting high school soon and might need a later ...
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Bed time stories for a 6 year old boy

So I have a 5 year old boy, turning 6 in 2 months. We've been reading Harry Potter as bed time stories, and it has been great. We've gotten to book 5 now and it has started to be more grown up, I ...
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If you can't spoil a newborn, when "can" you spoil a baby?

So I heard you cannot spoil a newborn. While I don't take it 100% at face value I do believe attending her needs is more important than worrying about spoiling her. Now the question is, when can a ...
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Strategies for 2-year-olds who play in bed instead of relaxing

For most of his life our toddler had no issue settling down to sleep on his own (in fact leaving him alone in a crib was the only way, as an infant, we could get him to sleep, and it worked reliably; ...
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What to do about my almost 3-year-old son now going late to bed and wanting us to stay in his room with him?

My 2 years and 9 months old son has never been the best sleeper, but we don't know what to do anymore. He used to go to bed without a hitch at 8:30 pm and sometimes get up at 2-3 am or sleep until 5:...
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Fastest way back on schedule for a child that is past the age to nap

Recently due to a pretty minor illness (that was sleep disrupting) I have a kid that is going to bed excessively early but then rising excessively early. So what I need him to do is to stay awake ...
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How to sleep train an 8-week-old who sleeps through the day and is active at night?

We have an 8-week-old daughter. Our baby goes full eyes open at 10:30-11 PM and needs be walked around to calm down. She gets restless and cries the moment she is on the co-sleeper. Holding and ...
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5-month-old breast-fed baby is regressing on her sleeping pattern after given formula milk

I have been sharing about my baby's sleep problem 2 months ago, but now things have taken a worse turn from what I can tell. My baby is now 5 months old. We feel that it's time to reduce the ...
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What are the non stimulating games that can be played before bedtime to keep the kid engaged?

Kid is 4 year old. I want her to feel sleepy before bedtime so that it becomes easy for us to put her to bed. Problem is if I do not engage her in some non-stimulating activity, she keeps on jumping ...
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Toddler sleeping with head covered

My son is 21 months. He can sleep with and without blankets no problem. But when he has any blankets I usually allow multiple hospital like baby blankets. If he isn't snuggling to them then they are ...
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Is it too late to read for my baby?

We have created a bad habit of our baby watching TV at a very young age. He is now turning 1 this month and he starts to babble on some words. I am a first time mother and I have been anxious about ...
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How can we get our son to stop sleeping in our bed?

My son is 2 years old and he sleeps with us in our bed. We have tried every possible way of getting him to leave our bed at night, and I'm getting nervous about him growing out of it. My wife and I no ...
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Can I put my infant to sleep downstairs and then move him in the crib?

When bedtime is getting near, at about 7pm, for our 6 week old baby, can we keep him downstairs with us (with conversation and regular lighting), swaddled and rocking until he goes into a deep sleep, ...
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Room sleeping temperature for babies in tropical climates

So the consensus online is that babies should sleep in a room with a temperature between 16 to 21 degrees. But there are millions of babies born in hot tropical climates to families with low income, ...
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Child's sleep schedule vs Parents'

I'm trying to learn the do's and dont's of parenting for when my baby comes along, by watching other parents. I'm able to learn a lesson or form a theory on most things except this one area: The baby ...
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