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How can I get my 3 year old to sleep through the night?

I'm so sleep deprived. My son won't sleep through the night. Normally he takes a 2 hour nap around 2pm and he goes to bed at 11pm....he'd only wake up once during the night but then he'd fall back to sleep. But now he wakes up alot more than once. Maybe its that hes getting bigger, idk. I rock him to sleep EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. That's another problem. I got him used to being rocked to sleep. How can I get him to sleep on his own from now on? Also I've been thinking about taking away his 2hour nap and just letting him be awake ALL day. Please help. How can i get this boy to sleep through the night? He isn't potty trained yet, so maybe he's aware that he urinates at night? Im not sure what it is.

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He goes to bed too late. Don't let him nap. It's common sense.

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Yea i know that maybe the nap isn't helping. I didn't want to take it away because it seemed bad to let him be awake the entire day.
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Its not bad to let your child stay up all day.
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agreed, but rest is really needed when the kid loses fuel for the body
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Well if he's dead tired where he can't do anything then Maybe a 30 minute nap.
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No pal its not common sense as you say. A reduced nap at an earlier time would be! Think about it i.e try using common sense
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keep the nap just no kater than 2pm
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Does he like to move a lot? If so before bed make him run around and play. Maybe he might get really tired and want to sleep. I'm not sure if it will work but it might, I hope I helped!

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We take him swimming and try tiring him out but none works
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Well that's sucks I don't know what else to do, I wish I knew.
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I will look somethings up
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Yes, you might want to take the nap way it might help you
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Yea i think i might
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That's probably what keeps him going at night
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@Lizz, exercising will NOT help. It gets his energy levels up and makes him more alert.
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Lovvie is correct.
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Maybe he needs some Benadryl for "allergies".

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Melatonin

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whats that?
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Melatonin should not be used for small children.
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melatonin is a medicuine to make you fall a sleep at night
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oh THANK YOU! sorry caps
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Its not what time you out them to bed. my almost 2 year old goes to bed around 11 and why this works for me is she sleeps in late, therefore I get to also. You need to stop rocking him to sleep. once you start something, its almost imppossible to change it unless your willing to deal with a very upset crying child for days, for changing his routine but if u can handle that, he will get over it and u no longer will have to rock him

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Have you discussed this with your pediatrician? He/she would probably have some good suggestions.
I just read recently that tart cherry juice can help; I haven't looked into why, but I have a friend who just started giving a teaspoon to her toddler and she says it helps him sleep through the night.
The long nap during the day could be shortened; he's obviously tired, or he wouldn't sleep so long. I wouldn't take it away entirely, at least not all at once. Cut it down by 1/2 hours over a period of a week or so. He may still need a short nap during the day.
Your rocking him to sleep probably started as a really pleasant end-of-day activity for both of you, but he needs to learn how to fall asleep by himself. It'll be rough going for a few nights until he learns the new routine, but it'll be up to you to be consistent. Maybe don't make all the changes at the same time. Good luck.

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You're right, thank you :)
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tart cherry juice is rich in melatonin. That is why it is good for helping to establish a good sleep cycle :-)
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I don't know if it's a good idea to force a toddler to stay awake all day .. some tots literally NEED their nap during the day.

There are a few tips to help settle a child for bed time, and to help them sleep through the night ..

First you need to consider what might be waking him up at night. Like being wet for instance. You might consider not allowing liquids in the evening to help prevent him from peeing at night. An older child at the age of 3 should be potty trained by now ... a child at that age is a lot more aware of the sensation of being wet at night...which in turn can wake him up.

Temperature control .. is he getting chilled at night .. or perhaps even gets too hot. Even the type of pajamas can affect quality of sleep. Soft music or a night light might help to comfort him at night. Use your imagination.

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I do notice some things. He sweats alot so he only sleeps in a tshirt and i change his diaper before i put him to bed. Sometimes i turn on the fan. Im trying to potty train him but no luck, but i won't give up.
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If he sweats a lot than that may cause him to get chilled later in the night when the temperature of your home lowers. Of course little tikes like that are notorious for kicking off their covers .. and there's not much you can do about that in the middle of the night.

Some children are troublesome when it comes to sleeping through the night and potty training. It's not neccessarily a reflection on you or your efforts. You just have to keep up your efforts and do your best.

All I can do is wish you luck! And hopefully you will eventually it will work out.

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I'd love to know what toddlers you know that are completely potty trained at 3 years old LMAO
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Potty trained At 3 (or less)? Not sure why you would think THAT to be funny. Most of the toddlers I know (or know of) have been trained (completely out of diapers) by 3 .. Including MY own kids (were completely potty trained by 2), and now my granddaughter - who is 2 and a half. Many of my kids friends have toddlers and it seems the general consensus is around 2 to 2 and a half is the norm.
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everyone is different. common sense has nothing to do with it. he/she may not need lots of sleep yet. bad news i know. my child is three and doesn't require tons of sleep. my wife and i take turns. which helps us get our required sleep. no set in stone answer for this. only real suggestion is to try something see if it works. a certain amount of crying is expected during developement don't take it too personally. Peace

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i wouldn't take naps out completely because that will make for one grumpy baby, but make them shorter & earlier in the day at like 10-11am. another thing you could try is keeping him more active through the day that way he'll be exhausted at night. also during bath time, get some lavender bubble bath. the calming scent will chill him out. & don't worry about his accidents at night, he'll only do it a few times. to minimize the accidents try cutting out nightly drinks (i had to do that with my son) if he says hes thirsty just give him a shot of water.

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I agree with this comment. I believe little ones do need "some" nap time, but maybe the 2 hours is a bit too much for the little one. Shorter naps and a nice warm bath before (an earlier than 11pm) bedtime may help do the trick. When my son was younger, I used to use this product called "Playtex Baby Magic", (I know your child is 3 but it may still work even for that age). I remembered buying it at Zellers years ago. You should check some stores for it. Anyway, whenever I gave him a bath with this he would fall asleep within 45 minutes after having dried him off. It worked very well for for my son, I also found he slept well through the night. Also, the scent of lavender has a calming and relaxing affect. Also, making sure the little one has a dry bum and a full belly before bedtime may help as well. If you're still having trouble after having tried a few suggestions, it's always a great idea to talk to your child's pediatrician or your family doctor and they may be able to help. Best of luck and best wishes.
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Set up a routine and it will help so much - he will start to fall asleep on his own after the routine has been established and it will help him stay asleep at night. Our routine is bath, lotion, pajamas, brush teeth, read a book, then go to sleep. Johnson & Johnson makes a bedtime bubble bath - try that. It helped my son so much! Also, when he wakes up in the middle of the night, do not take him out of his bed! Help him to fall back asleep back in his own bed with just a little assistance by you.

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let him take shorter naps

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First don't give him any sort of sugar or caffeine before bed and don't let him nap threw the day

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take him to the park let it get exercise, even when they are tired keep them going for about 4 hours before bed and keep them up late about 10, should wear 'em out, no naps!

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My mom called each of my kids, "The Poster Child For a Toddler Who Really Needs a Nap But Won't Take One." She also claimed that the number of hours before midnight are the most important ones. I think it just means PUT YOUR KID TO BED AT A DECENT HOUR. I promise. You'll like them a whole lot more the next day!
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He definitely needs naps at age 2-so continue putting him down for naps. I went through the exact same thing with my son. I had tried everything (and I too rocked him to sleep) until I was so beyond myself I turned to my Doctor. He gave me some hard to hear advice, but since I fully trusted him I did what he suggested.
LET HIM CRY. He went on to say that at that age they know exactly what they're doing by crying at night and carrying on. He told me to assure he was clean (diaper changed or underwear), he was not sick and that his bed was fine. He said to pat his back and softly say "good nite" and leave the room. I thought I was going to go stark raving mad the first few nights. He would cry and carry on. I would gently tip toe back in and pat his back once again (he said to NOT pick him up) and simply say "good nite" once again and leave the room. I would have to go sit on the far side of my backyard to drown out his consistent crying the first few nights. It took about 10 days of patting his back and saying good nite and leaving the room for my son to get the point that night time is meant for sleeping.

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give him some chloroform (probably not the best advice, but originality counts)

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no not the best advice
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I agree with what Tissyd11 and PitbullMama said, both are the correct way to handle the young boy and remember you are the one in charge not him. If you don't win this battle you never will. The other thing is no sugar, no caffeine after 7 PM. And cut his water off at about an hour before bedtime.

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Go for walks in the sun, sit on a bench in the sun.. Guaranteed it get's people tired

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You must have a sleep each day, or other way, you will died by over tired.

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Two words, Warm milk.

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give him some chocolate milk. it helps with my 3 yr old and just warm it alil so its not ice cold

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also dont take the nap away just shorten it and play with him and burn that energy off. and how i get mine to sleep after i got him in that habit of being rocked was i went and bought a radio and a night light and played music. and try potty training him bc that could be one of the problems right there. my son is 3 and he is potty trained and he eats just like you and i do. and maybe he has night mares so try having him sleep with you a couple nights a week and see if he has night mares.
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tolerate it . all the babies behave like that

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Sit him down next to you with the light off and put on a show that he likes and give him something to drink to relax him.

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Well ya i think you need to take away the two hour nap and give him some warm milk in the night - hope i helped

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no joke, my mom would always come in with the vacume on when we were babies, and because of that we sleep through the night at 2 months. but some kids dont like sleeping alone, so they get scared, like my little cousin is 10yrs old, and he still gets up almost every night to go runing to his parents room. also try waking him up earlier, no nap, not much sugar or caffine, and he should sleep through the night. as well as you rocking him to sleep when he wakes up try to ignore it, but if he goes on over 30 minutes go check on him,.

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I have to agree with you, Bryce! When we were little, my mother was told to make normal house hold noise---TV, radio and even the vacuum. My brother and I had NO trouble sleeping. So when I had my children, I did the exact same thing. No quiet in my house...but of course, I didn't blast the TV or stereo, either. I thought my children had no sleep problems at all. To this day, they can sleep through a lot of noise and I have no trouble - except the darn telephone. I still wake up if that rings. Maybe that's just a maternal thing. Who knows?
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well calruby and bryce u guys are lucky incant sleep through anything when i was a baby my house was full with dogs by full i mean 11 dogs and 2 cats so if my mum barely made a noise they would get angry and they were fully grown acketas but only 3 of them the others were small dogs and none of them chased the cats my home was peaceful and quite so even if the wind blew hard at night i would wake up and it would take me 15-20 minutes to fall back asleep i need help
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Dont let him take the nap in the afternoon...aster that he will be fine.

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You have a 3 yr. old who has an 11:00pm bedtime?!? Is this something you've shared with your pediatrician?

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1.Turn off all the electronics before dinner and leave them off. Screen time can mess up sleep cycles.
2. Every single time your child gets up, take his hand and lead him back to his bed. TELL him he will fall asleep again and you'll see him in the morning. Do not ask questions (ex. "Would you like to go back to sleep?" He gets out of bed and is walking around. If he'd like to go back to sleep he'd still be in bed!)
Just tell him what he's doing (walking back to his room, getting in bed, and going back to sleep) and propel him in the right direction.

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Mix liquid melatonin with water or fruit juice and give it to him before bed

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first, give him warm milk. Then, sing him a lullaby. After that, beat him until he passes out. Do this the first few nights to get him used to it.

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giv it a warm glass of milk

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this will make them pee
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and the child is not an it
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the child is a human a boy a baby and u chose it to say
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I had similar problems with both off mine. FIRST ignore the arrogant comments from parents who think they no it all, believe me NO ONE DOES. Every child is different not all react the same. There are some general rules. Try less nap length & earlier try these at same time or separate. You need to cut out the rocking, IT BE HELL FOR ANYTHING FROM 3 DAYS TO A MONTH. But its that or YEARS. Get help for potty training so you can lift your child before going to bed yourself. Most get used to being lifted onto potty and are still asleep but do a pee then back to bed. Until then CAN find a way off changing most childrens nappy in their sleep. If your child is used to going to bed at `11pm, then suddenly trying to change that to 7pm WILL NOT work. Try reducing every 15 - 30 min less every 3 (approx.) days. Again not fun to starty with but DEF worth it. You could even try the nappy change, earlier bedtime and stopping the rocking at different times if easier. REMEMBER 3 year olds are manipulative and will not like the changes and try make you feel bad/guilty. They will make you feel like the worst parent ever. You are not, this will benefit him & you. Hope it helps let me know x

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Here is what you do.
1) Google Teavana
2) Order Tranquil Dreams or Peach Tranquility and some German sugar
3) Make the tea
4) Chill it mix it with juice
5) Give it to your child
6) She'll fall asleep on her own acorrd

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You let him play all day when it's bed time he will be tired

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dont let him nap
keep him playing and playing
and try natural things to make him sleep like
making him drink milk or eating cereal before bed!!

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I heated my sons car water bed all day and then turned it off during the night. It was warm and then I had my husband read him a story, they both fell asleep. I was alone and happy

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He probably needs a nap during the day because of interrupted sleep at night. Some kids nap at that age, some don't. If you try to keep him very active during the day it should help (maybe a shorter nap if needed). As for you rocking him to sleep, perhaps you could go lay down with him (instead of holding him) for a while so he still has that comfort of knowing you're right there. As time goes by, tell him you have to go grab something and you'll be right back. Always go back but make the time away longer and longer each night.He will eventually get used to you being away yet still be able to relax enough to fall asleep. It'll take longer than just letting him cry but a more gentle way so he doesn't feel abandoned. Every child potty trains in there own time and should not be rushed. Be careful with giving him milk before bed, It can cause cavities sitting on his teeth all night. Melatonin is a natural sleep aid that works great. You want to be careful not to give it to him every night though as he can build up a tolerance to it and then not sleep without. If going to bed at 11 is your schedule, there is nothing wrong with allowing him to sleep at the same time.

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Try bribing him say if you sleep from 8:30 to 7:45 I'll get you icecream tomarrow as a treat something like that I don't know I'm not a mother

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Your son wakes up and wants to go back to sleep but he can't. He looks for you because he believes your rocking is the way to get to sleep. You can either live with getting up many times through the night, drug him, or put up with his crying for a time. He will be much happier once he learns how to get back to sleep on his own. You are NOT hurting him if you let him cry. It will hurt you a lot more than it will hurt him. Remember: Every time you go in that room you are giving him hope that he will get rocked back to sleep.

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having a walk when crying can her get tired

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Had the same problem with my son. Now I keep him awake the whole entire day no matter what it takes! We go for walks, have an early bath, ect. Now he goes to be at 8 o clock and sleeps all night long!
Much worth it although they do get grumpy without their naps! : /

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let him play all day put him in the tub feed make sure hes full then let him fall asleep and i know cause i'm 12 and i have 4 baby brothers.

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Try and put a little bit of sugar in his cup and he will probably run around until he's tired if you don't think its a good idea don't do it. OR you can just put him down in his bed or were ever he sleeps and lay with him until he falls to sleep.

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Soon he will be going to a preschool you must restructure his sleep time so he is used to getting up early enough.
This means he must be put to bed by 8 or 9p.m 9:30 at the absolute latest.
Please don't resort to using over the counter medication on your child.
It's a precursor to them being put on these addictive drugs harming the child and society so badly. Thank you.

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cough syrup, ghb, roofies, dehydration, excessive heat.... oh wait, I thought this was a horror movie question:

Just tuck them in and tell them a sweet story :)

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Well I have 2 little brothers and I have to get them to sleep too. what works for me is a soft stuffed animal for them to get used to instead of you. Just work it on them and they fall right to sleep. If you don't want to get a stuffed animal a baby blanket works good too.

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Cut his nap down in 15 minute increments. Give him an earlier bedtime, he may be overtired. Give him turkey or warm milk for an evening snack for the tryptophan contained in these foods. A bit of cheese on a cracker or piece of soft bread will keep his little tummy from growling and gnawing and keeping him awake. Create a bedtime routine. Tell him a story, have it repeat it to you making his own revisions. Read to him and cuddle him (no rocking!!). Sing a familiar song every night. Say a prayer together every night. Use a prayer that you like or create one of your own. These will signal to him it's time to "power down." Play soft classical music or meditative music on low in the background, Use low lights. A warm bath and jammies warmed (during the cold nights) in the dryer helps. During hot weather, a pair of jammies cooled in a plastic bag in the fridge will help him feel less sweaty. Make sure the room is cool and low-lighted. Make sure there are enough "blankies" to keep him feel comfortable and cuddly. A stuffed animal is good, if he likes it. The family dog is a very good resource for cuddles and affection, too.

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He's NOT potty trained? At 3 years old??? Are you serious???? No offense, but you need to be a little stronger and start doing what needs doing. Sorry, but he should have been potty trained a long long time ago. I really think you need to talk (VERY open and honestly) with your pediatrician about these issues. You have no trouble posting everything online but I think you obviously need some help! A 3 year old should be well potty trained and going to the bathroom by himself. He has NO business staying up until 11pm. You're the parent and you need to start acting like one. If you don't know how to potty train him...ask your own doctor of your son's pediatrician for help! Then come back and let us know how things are going. Good luck!

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Stand him up on your bed and slowly explain to him the corrupt taxation system and how if you don't get enough sleep to goto work at the proper time and with the right amount of energy to be productive, uncle sam will ultimately plow you (figuratively, of course) right in the anus until your left separating bottles in trashcans. Then give him a triple shot of Nyquil and a proper dosing of second hand kush smoke to the face and he'll be out all night.

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You only need to have him nap for an hour and make sure he at bed by 7 and ignore him when he cries in his room or he will never go to sleep

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Give the child a goal, if he goes to sleep the first time he/she is told every night he gets a prize at the end of the week.

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let him eat sugar. he`ll get all crazy, and then get tired. that puts him to sleep.

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im not a parent but ive baby sat my neice and godsisters there 1,2 and 3 year olds and the 1 year old keeps me up till 10pm and im only 12 years old so all i do is let her run and play to tire her out then bathe her and put her on the bed turn off the lights and lay down next to her until she sleeps but ur son is tired during the day dont let him sleep after around 2pm and use that routine but if it doesnt work with him the routine i use with the 2 year old is that i would turn iff the light and put her to lay down in her crib and i would lay on my bed then i would turn on a little night light and either put on soft music or read her a story and that does it but the 3 year old i have no trouble with her when i tell her to sleep she sleeps btw u shouldnt really use the teddy bears or blankies cquse then they get attached to it and when the grow up they would never let tjem go unless u have that kind of power

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and the pottie traning thing as i said im not a parent im 12 years old but i suggest u leave him on the toilet amd tell him if he doesnt pea he cant play or he be on time out OR take away the pampers let him wear the boxers or briefs and when he has to pea to tell you and u will show him to the bathroom and for a few weeks show him how to use it then let him try on his own
GUD LUCK
AND IS BED TIME SHOULD BE 7 pm cause mine is 8:30 and im way older
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Honestly it sounds crazy but Vix is the answer! You put it right beneath their nose and they are out like a light! Also the good thing is that it doesn't harm them in any way it is perfectly safe to use!

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This may sound weird, but my baby brother is 3 and he watches his favorite shows on an iPad before he goes to bed. It puts him to sleep in about ten minutes. Watching tv or any bright screen is an unlikely but useful way to relax your mind and fall asleep. It even works for me! But make sure your child doesn't stay on it too long. Try standing there with him while he's watching stuff on the iPad or tv, or you can set a timer. Hope this helps!

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We had the same problem. Our son never slept through the night till he was 3. I read somewhere that some of the side effects of splenda were problems sleeping and since I was using foods and drinking juice with splenda, so was he. The day I stopped using Splenda was the day he began sleeping through the night and since I stopped I began sleeping through the night better also. So, not sure if you use this sweetener but, if so just wanted to pass this along because no doctor ever told me this.. Also, he may be sensitive to caffeine. If he eats chocolate or drinks caffeinated sodas then maybe you could try taking those out and using decaffeinated drinks and see if that helps. A lot of exercise/play during the day helps too. We've been there and I know its rough. I hope this helps.:) btw don't let people discourage you or make you feel bad because he is not potty trained. Offering his favorite candy as a reward to use the potty works wonders. Only let him have it if he uses the potty though followed by lots of praise and celebration for this. He will be potty trained in no time. Good luck!

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just play with him til he gets tired

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he still can nap just make sure it is early, give fun things to do that will keep him busy. giving him candy to potty is not good. boys r slower than girls r so it may take some time to potty train. read him a bible story that kids his age will understand good luck

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Cut out sugar before bedtime. Stop the naps, and put your child in bed by 8pm. I have a 5 year old and an 8 year old and this is what we do.

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Have him take shorter naps and make is bedtime earlier. Also try giving him warm milk or water before bed, not a sugary beverage like juice. Try to make sure he's had enough exercise and play for the day a few hours before bedtime so he won't have extra energy before sleep. Also, ask him if something is bothering him. Even toddlers can have feelings bottled up which can make it hard to sleep.

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