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My 5 yr old dd, 8 yr old ds and myself are sharing a bed. DD gets really hyper at bedtime, despite bath, stories, etc. She sings, squirms, chases the cats, and generally keeps everyone else up. We're staying with relatives and there are no other rooms available, not that she's go for sleeping alone anyway.<br>
Anyone been through this?
 

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I don't any advice for you but I can sympathize! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> My 5-year-old dd is a ball of energy at bedtime. I have to carry her to the bathroom and play these elaborate games to get her to brush her teeth, which she does rather acrobatically. Then we do a couple of stories and lights out. During all of this she is jumping around, trying to get me to laugh and talking incessantly. After the lights are out we play bedtime games, it is the only way to get her to go to bed without a huge struggle. This usually lasts anywhere from a half hour to an hour and a half! All this and I still have a 3-month-old dd who needs to be nursed to sleep too. Honestly, I love this time with my older dd, we have the best talks and I feel really close to her. But is really is exhausting! I am totally unavailable at night for those few hours, I tell my friends they can't call me after 6pm, lol! I just try to remember that it will pass, bedtime *will* get easier and I will have these memories to treasure. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Though if anyone does have any advice for us, I'm all ears! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
Wait, maybe you could try bedtime games with your dd? It really does capture dd's attention and makes her more eager for bedtime. We do stuff like, "How many uses are there for water?", or "What animals have fur?". She loves it, I wish I had thought of it ages ago!
 

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My 4 yo gets very hyper when he's overtired. The longer he stays up, the worse it gets. At this age, they still need AT LEAST 10 hours of sleep. Count back from wake-up time, and adjust bedtime accordingly.<br><br>
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going through the same thing with 5 yo ds. plenty of day play will wear him out but its still a struggle at nite. i have him scheduled for camps just so he'll be exhausted. he sleeps in our room in a toddler bed because he refuses to sleep alone in his room anymore. summers are hard to set schedules i think anyway. hopefully kindergarten (in sept) will help with a routine again!
 

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I was hoping to find a solution to this problem here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My 3-yo is a bundle of energy all day long and wants to be up playing long after the rest of us need sleep. Staying light out so late doesn't help.<br><br>
Well, off to catch some sleep (he is sleeping!!!)
 
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