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At present our child is in day care 4 days per week. We work full time. He sleeps for about 45 minutes to 1 hour at Day Care.
We are finding that he just isn’t tired. He can stay up until 10pm at night. We put him into bed and he cries, gets out of bed, walks around etc and just wont go to sleep until utterly exhausted at around 9.30 or 10pm.
Im exhausted and not getting anything done around the house nor am I winding down at night. Do you have any tips on how to get him into a better routine? Or to put him to bed without the screaming and protests?
I am incredibly structured and organised, he eats a refined sugar free diet and gets plenty of exercise. We are by no means a family ruled by children or disorganised, we are just finding he is not relaxing or getting into a night routine very well.

Posted by Naomi B, 28th September 2015

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  • As the other mom said, I’d be encouraging him to have another sleep at daycare. It sounds like they are overtired. Alternatively, if they are starting to think about dropping their day sleep it could come out in not going to sleep until very late. My child didn’t need a day sleep around 2 years but would get one anyway at daycare. She would be up until 10pm as well because she wasn’t tired enough to go to bed. Maybe chat with the daycare room leader and see what she thinks – if they are overtired or not needing a sleep anymore.

  • yeah i think that he needs to wind down. try laying down with him and watch a movie or something. turn the lights out earlier at your house so that it sets the mood. winding down gently.

  • Thank you for your feedback! Sometimes the solutions are so obvious, its great to hear from others!

  • Maybe he actually needs more sleep during the day I know it sounds weird but if he is dong a lot of activity at daycare he could need an extra nap at daycare, brung overtired as a kid is actually worse then getting too much sleep

  • Super nanny says if your child gets up from bed repeatedly, you repeatedly put them back. No talking, no fuss, pick them up and straight back to bed.

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