My 3 year and 2 month old son Gus just moved into a "big boy" bed on Sunday night - he shares a room with his 5 year old brother Toby - their sister Poppy (10 months) is in the bedroom next door. Gus is generally a "spirited" child - he's such a lovely boy, very loving and affectionate BUT he's never been what I call a good sleeper. He's always needed less sleep than most others and is an early riser. Toby and Poppy are both GREAT sleepers - Toby would easily sleep from 7-7 and Poppy the same. We decided to move Gus into a big bed (he's 3 years and 2 months) as we thought it was about time and he was starting to say he wanted to move into a big bed. Things weren't even going well with Gus and Toby sharing a room anyway - Gus will keep Toby awake at bedtime and then will wake him up very early in the morning. BUT, since we've moved him into a big bed he will not stay in his bed when we put him down. We have his crib in our room now and have taken him out of the room to put him in his crib but he goes bananas. He goes bananas if we put him back in his bed and he goes bananas in the crib. Said he wanted to sleep in our bed (he slept in our bed for about 4 nights last week as my husband was away and it was the only way I could get him to sleep). I don't know what to do with him. He screams so much - he wakes the whole house up. He is very very stubborn. In the end I bought him down to the kitchen tonight and put in sitting down in a corner, told him that he could tell me when he was tired and wanted to go to bed. I ended up (after about 20 mins) telling him I'd give his bed to a friend at nursery (Josh!) if he did not want his new bed. Anyway, if you have any questions about the situation, please let me know. Basically we could do with another bedroom! Toby will not want to move in with Poppy as she has a "girly" room and it would make little difference anyway to the noise as the bedrooms are next to each other. We've stuggled with Gus's sleep from the start - this is just another chapter.
Routine wise this is what we have:
5.00/5.15pm - Dinner
play in house after dinner
6.15/6.30 Watch DVD
6.55/7.00 teeth and story
7.15 bed (Toby will go straight to sleep and sleep until 7am) Gus invariably refuses to go to sleep straight away and will keep Toby awake.
Poppy usually goes to sleep at 6.30/7pm and will stay in bed until 8am (will wake around 7.15/7.30 but stays in her bed quiet or chatting until I get her up at 8am!)
You may well suggest that Gus's bedtime is too early - BUT how do you put 2 siblings to bed at different times when they are sharing a room - AND when it's the younger one that needs less sleep!
Please help me - my husband and I are at our wits end with bedtime. Realise that he's only just gone into a big bed - BUT we were having these problems beforehand except he wasn't able to get up!