I am in serious need of help!!!! My four year old DS is a terrible sleeper, and I'm at my wit's end. He has his own room, and has been sleeping there for a year(since DS2 was born). He needs someone to lay down with him at night, and will scream and cry if no one will(normally, my mom, who lives with us, is his 'nighttime buddy'). He had a TV/DVD player in his room until tonight, when I took it out. He was falling asleep to the TV every night, and most nights, he was waking up in the middle of the night and turning it back on, and sometimes he would stay up for an hour or so and watch it. Along with the TV, every night he wakes up in the middle of the night and yells for my mom to come lay down with him. He sleeps about ten hours a night, but I'm not honestly sure how much of that he is actually asleep(with all the TV waking and stuff). It is clearly not enough sleep for him, because all.day.long he fits about everything that doesn't go his way, and is generally not a happy child at all. Even when he and I do special things together, without his brother, he is not happy. Off the issue at hand, I think he may have behavioral or emotional issues, but I'm not what to do there, either. His behavior has led to some very stressful times around here lately, and no one is sleeping-my mom especially. I'm still nursing DS2 at night, and their dad wakes up at 145am for work, and DS1 usually doesn't wake up for someone to lay down with him until around 3am. I need a routine for him. I don't know what a good bedtime is for a kid his age, I'd like him to be asleep by 9pm. He is hard to wind down at night. I just have no idea!!!!
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9/21/09 at 10:24pm