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5 year old sleep problems! help !!

my son does not go to bed! we try to have quite wind down time after his shower by reading or something of the like. then its bed time. but he comes out so much! or calls for us etc. its 10:30pm or 11pm before he goes finally goes to bed! we have taken away being allowed to read books in bed, fun events we are supposed to do the next morning but we are lost on what to do. he normally gets up at 730am or 8ish. but now that he is going to be so late, its more like 9am. should i wake him at 730 to see if he'll get tired enough to go to bed earlier? its just getting crazy. any ideas would be great!

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Re: 5 year old sleep problems! help !!

I have not been there, but I have read that the first time he gets up you should tell him that it is bed time and you will not be talking to him. Then you should escort him back to his bed. From then on keep escorting him back but do not speak to him even if he calls for you. Again, I have not tried this. If I had to do this then I would be sure to tell my child of the change early in the day before we start doing it. Our 4 year old sleeps with us and I cuddle her to sleep. Luckily she falls asleep within 5 minutes. Have you tried cuddling him in his bed or is that too distracting for him?
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Re: 5 year old sleep problems! help !!

I agree with Monkeyfeet. Sit outside his door and stop it before it starts. As soon as you hear feet hit the ground, put him back in bed without a word. It'll take you a while the first few nights, but soon the novelty wears off and it gets boring.

If you don't still do naps in the afternoon, I'd make sure you did an hour of quiet lay down time still. Give his body time to recharge and rest so that he's not overly tired (leading to overly stimulated and staying awake) by evening. Stay with a good routine, nice gentle wake ups at around the same time every morning, predictable days, lots of balance in getting his energy out and resting between.
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Re: 5 year old sleep problems! help !!

My kids were up until almost 11 last night because I let them sleep yesterday after the fireworks and a sleepover the night before. I got them both up at 7 because they are going to bed tonight at a normal time. They'll be grumpy today, but no doubt, they'll go to bed at normal time.

I would wake him earlier than 7:30.
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we'll give that a try. he hasnt taken naps since he was 12m.
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