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#1 of 3 Old 06-05-2013, 07:11 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm looking for anyone who might be or have been in the same situation.


We established a bed time routine when my little one was almost 2. He is about 3 1/2 now and it has worked really well since then. He loved the routine, he never fought when we said it was time for bed. It's been a comforting constant for all of us even on the roughest days. But suddenly, in the last 3 weeks, it just doesn't work anymore. He fights going to bed at every step. He doesn't want to go upstairs to get ready, he doesn't want to sit on the potty, he doesn't want to brush his teeth. He has been a pill (as my grandma would say) lately all day, every day.


We have 4 month old now, but this didn't start as soon as she was born. He shows no sign of resentment, but obviously seeks more attention. That said, she is an incredibly easy baby, and he still gets lots of attention.


He refuses to take a nap during the day which he desperately needs.


All around sleep issues have returned. it really sucks.


anyone out there have the same experience or any advice??

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I'm going to bump this up to see if anyone else will see it, and may have some suggestions.

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I wish I could pass along some magical advice, but in all honesty - stay patient and apply discipline & routine as needed! Easier said than done, but I definitely think the terrible 3's play a part in this as well! Few things:


Have you tried keeping him busy and active all throughout the day?

Bath before bedtime to help calm and relax him?


I'm sure you've already thought of these things but I figured anything can help :)

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