In the last month or two, Will lost his desire/ability to go to sleep at a reasonable hour. Not sure how or why but it’s driving me nuts.
Historically, our ‘routine’ was in pajamas, teeth brushed and bedtimes stories read by 8 or 8:30pm, at the latest. Usually, after in bed, he’d bang around for 10-15 minutes then silence. Now recently, he gets out of bed between 3 and 37 times a night with excuses like:
- can I have a band aid?
- I’m thirsty
- I’m hungry
- I’m still thirsty
- I can’t sleep
- I need to look at myself in the bathroom mirror
- I have an idea, tomorrow, let’s go fishing
As I write this, it’s 10:21pm and he is still awake after I put him down two hours ago…Go to SLEEP!!!
At the end of the day, because I’m tired and often I don’t react well to this situation. I know I should be more patient but its a struggle. KW is much better about reacting with a ‘positive’ solution (let’s read one more book) vs my ‘negative’ one (if you get up one more time, I’ll take your beloved Orca whale stuffed animal and throw it out the window).
Normally, I have more patience, honestly.
From the 15 minutes of research I’ve done, the ‘routine’ is a must have. Which we do. He knows the routine, we discuss it so no surprises. Perhaps we could be more consistent with the time we get him into bed….
Could he be going through a growth spurt? The easiest cause to point my finger at is that he sometimes naps at school. And he did today. But, some days with no nap, he still can’t get to sleep at a reasonable time, for a 4 year old.
So, what suggestions do you have to help get our 4 year old to stay in his bed and fall asleep at a reasonable hour??