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My son Garrett just turned 3 on the 25th and now all of the sudden he doesn't want to go to bed most nights. He was my good sleeper. Would go to bed most every night with no problems. Then suddenly this week he fights it gets up and has soeme reason or another to not go to sleep. I need to pee, I need to poo, I just don't want to sleep....etc. The only changed we have made this month is taking away his cuppy at bed time. He used to take milk to bed. Its been probably close to 4 weeks now that he hasn't taken. Also potty training. He is on week 2 of potty training and is doing great. We still put diaper on at night because he will still wake up wet here and there. But really, why is this kid fighting sleep suddenly! Please help me!
eeeks I dunno....I am at a loss of what you could try other than ignoring him when he gets up...do not give him the attention he is seeking at that time....or just keep putting him back to bed without saying a single word to him....I know that will get exhausting but if he realizes that you will not communicate with him during that time frame he may grow bored of getting up?
DD did that for awhile when she was 2-3. I think its just a phase. I tried everything and eventually it went away for the most part. I would try to tire him out as much as possible during the day. If he still naps it may be worth cutting those out.
I'm gonna go with a phase. Mine did the same thing around the same age. She was a perfect sleeper, and then two things happened- she either protested bed that night by stalling it.. "I want a drink, I want a hug, I dropped my animal" for 45 minutes... OR, she would wake up in the middle of the night and call me and she'd do it like 15 times. That lasted a good few months. We changed nothing, it just started happening.
She eventually grew out of it- but actually did it until she was almost 5 off and on. (each time lasted a few weeks).
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So sorry Garrett isn't sleeping for you Robin. We went through that phase with Kendra when she was about 3 (and potty training) too. I also think it is a phase that some kids go through. All we did was take her back to her room each time. It was definitely frustrating. I hope he starts sleeping for you again soon!
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Both my kids went through this. The pediatrition told me that as kids get more independent they are more likely to test the boundries again. With potty training and giving up his cup at night he might just be feeling really independent and want.to test his limits. I do agree with ignoring him or just putting him back to bed. Im hoping this is better soon. I remember how stressfull it can be. Try to keep your sanity intact.
Ya my 3 DD2 is doing this off an on also. Its phase that will hopefully pass soon. It is exausting and wearing at times. I just try to give her extra love and attention maybe another quick story that is about her and sleeping and I whisper it in her ear and then she goes right to sleep. Hope it turns around for you soon.
Thanks ladies for the insight! Its just so frustrating. He shares a room with Blaine (15 mo old) and last night they were both in there giggling, lights on, playing. I just have zero patience sometimes. Its bad enough that I still have to wake up 1-2 times a night with Blaine. Fighting with Garrett to sleep also, its just almost to much sometimes. I guess Im just ranting/venting. Thanks for listening!