Bed time

on May 17, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

So I'm having a hard time getting my 2 year old to settle down for bedtime, I remember having the same stage with my 4 year old when she was about that age however I would just let her cry it out as I wasn't concerned about her keeping anyone awake... But she keeps my 4 year old awake by crying and calling out to me.  What do I do?

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feel for you on May 18, 2012 @ 02:05 pm

Have you tried maybe adjusting their bedtimes? You could put the 2 year old down an hour before the 4 year old and then there is less worry of the 4 year old being kept up. Thats about the only suggestion I can think of, sorry, hope everything works out.

I've been there on May 18, 2012 @ 03:26 pm

I have been there (and truthfully, still am a little bit) with my kids who are a few years older than yours.

In my case, the younger one is an early bird and the older one is a night owl, so I started by having the younger one go to bed earlier so he'd be sound asleep by the time brother went to bed. Unfortunately, the little guy started thinking this was unfair so now they are on the same bedtime again. They also share a room.

If you have them in separate rooms, you might consider using a white noise source (a fan, etc) to minimize the 2yo's racket for the 4yo's sake. You can also try allowing your 4yo to fall asleep in your bed (and then move her to her bed later).

I'm sure you've already tried to figure out why your little one won't go down easily. Have you had any success figuring out what her hangup is? Sometimes it's because they need a longer tucking in period with storytime, cuddling in bed with Mom, a sippy cup of water on the bedside table, etc.

But if these are not possible, all I can advise you is that your little one will eventually grow out of it. It sucks - I know! Hang in there, girlfriend. It will get better :)

Thanks needed to vent lol on May 18, 2012 @ 03:41 pm

They are in separate rooms at the moment, I'm hoping to get them in the same room soon. I think that's her issue she seems to be a lot like me and I hate being by myself at bedtime I get nervous when. My husband works nightshirts and often bring my 4 yr old to bed with me. My 2 yr old will fall asleep if I rub her back or massage her head/ play with her hair, that's how I got her to sleep the past two nights, which is fine just I don't want her to get into a routine of this Incase I'm unable to do so. My 2 year old (and I) sleep with an air purifier for the white noise benefit. I've tried letting the two girls sleep together but my 2 yr old keeps picking at my 4 yr old.

and yes It will get better and I'm certain I may even miss these times when she's a teen and wants nothing to do with me. Lol

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