I hope someone can give me ideas. Bedtime with my 4yo DS has always been a struggle. When he was a baby, we did the whole attachment parenting thing (never did CIO, letting him sleep in bed with us, breasfed him through the night until he was 18mo, etc) and I think that for him, it was a big mistake. He never leaned how to fall asleep on his own. Now that he is 4, it is worst than ever. He is tired all day long because he doesn't want to sleep. At bedtime, he is so tired that he starts running around and jumping like crazy. He gets out of his room about 10 time to pee, because he's scared, he wants a massage,...it never stops. We put him to bed between 6:30 and 7:00pm.
In the middle of the night, he gets up and comes sleep in our room (he has a bed on the floor). Than, he wakes up at around 5:30 am, ready to start the day. i can tell that he is still tired in the morning but there is nothing I can do to put him back to sleep. By noon, you can tell that he is extremely exhausted by his behavior and also the look on his face. So I usually try to put him down for a nap. Most of the time though, he won't fall asleep, even after staying in his room for 2 hours. It just makes him frustrated. Usually, after 2 hours, I give up and the rest of the day is a nightmare because of the way he behaves when he is tired. So we usually eat an early dinner and start bedtime routine at around 5-5:30 so that he can be in bed by 6:30pm.
I think that most of the problems we experience with him come from his lack of sleep and so if I can fix that problem, I feel like our lives would be so much more peaceful. I have a 2yo DD who has been sleeping through the night since she was 2mo and you can tell how well rested she is during the day compared to my son.
Anybody has ANY idea what I should try now?