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  • vanessa
    January 8, 2010

    if this story isn’t birth control right here, i dont know what is. Is it unethical or illegal to slip him a roofie?

  • January 8, 2010

    Fresh air and exercise are the biggest factors in getting my kids to go to sleep and stay asleep.

    I posted a list of sleep tips here:
    http://www.phdinparenting.com/2009/02/28/gentle-baby-and-toddler-sleep-tips/

    The post includes a number of book recommendations. At his age, I would recommend the No Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers.

  • January 8, 2010

    Oh Annie, I ran them like mad yesterday thinking the same thing. We hit a park almost daily if I can. I’ll go check out the list including the No Cry Sleep Solution.

  • Olivia
    January 8, 2010

    My sister tells my nephew when he misbehaves that she’s going to sell him to the gypsies. Tried that yet? wink

  • January 8, 2010

    You know what mine does?  This:  “Mama! Mama! I WUUUV YEEEEW! ” (holds arms out with sweet, expectant look) “Kisses?”

    And then my name is Jello.

    Yeah. Kid gets whatever he wants.

    (P.S. Our sleep problem was similar, but not nearly as bad. I can tell you what I did, that worked for us… If you want. Lemme know)

  • January 8, 2010

    There really aren’t any great solutions that I have found with our kids.  Patience (what little I could summon) and consistency.

    It is painful.  I agree.

    What I kept reminding myself, and it really did help, is that there are almost no typically developing 12-year-old boys that still wake up and ask to sleep with their parents. 

    This too shall pass.  Stay strong and try to just be consistent.  These kids, they can smell fear smile

  • January 8, 2010

    Bach Rescue Remedy? Works on my LO, but then she’s only 3 months old. But don’t let that fool you. She’ll happily sit and cry about being tired. But sleep? No chance.  Rescue Remedy helps her settle, and is completely natural and has no side effects. And there’s an alcohol free version too.  Good luck!

  • January 8, 2010

    How about a gate? 

    Our 5 year old got out after she was told to go to bed…she’s the only one we’ve ever had issues with…our two boys go to bed and stay in bed…we’ve taken away pillows, blankets, binkies, lovies, the LIGHTS…

    What helped was talking with her during the day…we had a sticker chart and the morning she got stickers for her paper…10 stickers was sugar cereal…hey, bribes worked for us! 

    Patience…but be consistent.

  • January 8, 2010

    I sit in my son’s bed working on my laptop(after reading him books and such). It’s the only way I have found to “be” with him at bedtime (like he wants) without being resentful about it (like I want.) Not a perfect solution by any means, but it’s working for now.

  • January 8, 2010

    If you find the solution? Let me know. My darling insomniac princess turns 7 in 2 weeks and it’s a battle at least 4 nights a week.

    Honestly, we’ve just rather gotten into a routine of rock, paper, scissors on who has to take her back up first - then we alternate.  I know she’s giving up when she rolls over to face the wall. Sometimes first try, sometimes tenth.

    The baby gates that went up to keep the new puppy semi-contained while we house train? Have provided a small measure of inability to sneak downstairs. Now she just calls down with “Mommy? Daddy? I can’t sleep…”

    Argh.

    At least she comes by it honestly - I never could either. Still can’t.

  • January 8, 2010

    Try a warm bath soothing music and reading to him. Try staying with him in the room until he falls asleep and believe it or not sometimes putting them to bed earlier than you have been might work (I think it is called the bedtime window) He could just be growing and this too will pass…if you live to tell about it could be another story

  • Michelle M
    January 8, 2010

    I suggest saying hasta la bye bye to the daytime nap and you are golden (after a while to break the cycle)!

  • Andrew Robinson
    January 8, 2010

    We have the same issues with our 3.5 yo. Not sure it is a total solution but we have made some improvements by setting the boundary at the door to his room not the bed. If he wants to get out of bed and quietly play with toys or read to himself (turn pages and make up stories) that is ok. He just isn’t allowed out of his room. Only exception is to go potty.

  • Andrew Robinson
    January 8, 2010

    We have the same issues with our 3.5 yo. Not sure it is a total solution but we have made some improvements by setting the boundary at the door to his room not the bed. If he wants to get out of bed and quietly play with toys or read to himself (turn pages and make up stories) that is ok. He just isn’t allowed out of his room. Only exception is to go potty.

  • January 8, 2010

    Aack!  I’ve got a 2 1/2 year old blond boy with a remarkably similar problem.  I have a bit of perspective.  His 6 year old sister did the same thing.  Until she was 3ish.  And then she just started staying in bed.

  • January 8, 2010

    Sigh. If you figure it out, let me know. There’s a reason I tell everyone that whenever we have a 2nd baby, God owes me a good sleeper. Because my girl? Does not sleep. Never has. I haven’t had a consistent good night’s sleep since sometime in 2006. I am TIRED.

  • January 8, 2010

    I just can’t get past how gorgeous he is. I think you’re making it up. And, frankly, I think that’s just not right.

  • January 8, 2010

    I started giving mine treats from the NightNight Fairy in the morning if they stayed in bed the night before.

    There’s that, or going full-on Joan Crawford/Mommy Dearest and strap him to the bed.

  • Jessi Brown
    January 8, 2010

    Dude, my 2 year old is the same. Bribing worked for only so long. I tried to read the no cry sleep solution when she was like 8 months old and got bored 10 pages in.
    If he’s happy in his crib, let him sleep in it, at least he can’t get out right?
    If that fails, would it be bad to give him Nyquil?

  • Mr. Flinger
    January 9, 2010

    The boy, he’ll turn out ok.  So cute when he’s sleeping… Huh?  Anyway, when I was a kid I would stay up for Cheers. Can still hear the theme song late at night.  Would hide behind a recliner only slightly more hideous than the mancliner you love to hate (may the mancliner live forever).

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