Bedtime

by Pam
(Pennsylvania)


I have a three year old who has been recently diagnosed with SPD and continues to struggle with the bedtime process. I would appreciate any routines that have been successful so that I can try and develop one for my daughter.

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Mar 01, 2010
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Here's some stuff that worked for us
by: Alicia

I've found a lot of SI techniques that help with my kids. Here's a list of things that worked for us.
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-23788-Mankato-Attachment-Parenting-Examiner~y2010m3d1-Sensory-Integration-tips-for-easier-bedtimes

Jan 08, 2009
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HELP!!
by: Marina in SO. Florida

HELP!!!!! I know you are asking for help...but I'm so in need myself. Bedtime is an absolute nightmare. I've tried all I can think of. My son is 3 1/2. We've tried laying with him, letting him sleep with us, putting his bed in our room, new sheets, blankets, Supernanny techniques... you name it.

Some nights are great, but (like all the other inconsistencies related to SPD)we just can't find a routine that REALLY works. Any suggestions that any of you have would be most appreciated!!!

Thank you all so much in advance!

Jan 04, 2009
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just worked for my kids
by: stacey

I too, put a full size mattress on the floor in the room, with a gate up, and would just lay there with my child, and they did great. They, now at the ages of 11 and 8 never slept with mommy and daddy. I found this good for when either one had been sick too, because of the size of the mattress, I was able to stay with them if I was worried about them.

I think that even if it wasn't an SPD situation, this technique, for my kids, worked great, no regrets. It worked great for the crib to mattress adjustment, all children go through. The trick is, staying awake long enough to leave and not falling asleep yourself, after your long, tough day=:)

As they get age appropriate and comfortable, then you can add the box spring, then the frame if you want. Good luck!!

Jan 04, 2009
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bedtime struggles
by: Anonymous

I had to take a bed away and put the mattress on the floor for several months in a cubby.It was a fear of space and falling. GOOD LUCK

Dec 16, 2008
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bedtime
by: Lauri

Bedtime has always been a struggle for my daughter as well. What I found helpful was a strict bedtime routine. It consisted of a bath, reading a book, singing a song, and a backrub.

She is now 11 and uses a weighted blanket, but still asks to have her back rubbed. I found it helpful to ask her what she needed. She also enjoys listening to music while lying in bed. It relaxes her enough that she is able to go to sleep on her own.

I used to have a 1-2 hour struggle every night to get her to sleep, but now she puts herself to bed and it takes only a fraction of the time. We discovered MP3 players and speaker pillows... what a lifesaver!

Dec 14, 2008
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Bedtime routines
by: Carolyn

My 5 year old loves to have a bath before he goes to bed. It always seems to calm him and makes the getting into bed easier. He also loves to have me read a book or story to him as he goes to bed.

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