Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Bedtime Antics

Bedtime has now become fun and games. Of course i understand that it is more fun up than in bed but he is totally tired! This evening was a classic, he lays there rolling around, playing with the blankets, curtains anything that can distract him. When he is finally quiet and almost asleep he cries out and starts all over again (this can go on for about 30 minutes). Tonight he kept clutching his nappy and saying "poo", i checked it many times and informed him "no poo" only to have him cry and clutch and say it again. So thinking the big bulky nappy was just really uncomfortable i changed him into a huggies. This settled him for 5 minutes and then he started rolling around clutching his tummy and crying, after 20 minutes (just when i was about to call Alan and take him to the after hours doctor) he fell asleep.
I have no idea if this is another one of his delay tactics for sleep or if he actually had a sore tummy - it may be because he is hungry too because he STILL isn't eating his dinner. I swear this problem is getting bigger and bigger and we are just stumped as to what to do. If anyone has any ideas of fail safe meals or getting toddlers to bed without all the antics we would really love the advice!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

As a kid myself, i know what its like to not like or eat a certain food.............
I suggest you give Xander choices, before you make the meal OR give him something he likes with something he doesnt like so then he might discover he likes it :) :) :)
Cherie!

Lillybud said...

Well you know i have the same dinner trouble as you so im no help there. When we moved sam to a big bed we had massive trouble with him staying in bed there some nights it would take up to three hours of him getting out of bed all the time. Nothing really worked but we just stuck to not talking to him and placing him back in his bed and ingoring all the mucking around with blankets and curtains. Honestly it took afew months for him to finally stay in bed and go to sleep. Fingers crossed this doesnt happen with Xander! There were nights when i wanted to pull my hair out!

Mum said...

thanks for the advice guys!

Lulu said...

I know it sounds mean but we (and by we I mean mum and dad) used to leave Margie to it - once established that nothing was wrong, she just didn't want to go to bed, the bedroom door was closed and that was it.

Anonymous said...

when you know he has a clean nappy and nothing else is wrong with him just shut the door and leave him. Eventually he will get bored and sleep. at the moment he has your full attenetion everytime you go to him. he needs to learn that his bed is for sleeping. yes it will take a few weeks or months and there will be alot of tears but as long as he can not get into any trouble just ignore him. It is all learnt behaviour that he has to unlearn. Be strong. We went thru this with Amber and it took several weeks even the neighbours heard her crying and asked what we were doing to her. They do learn in the end and it is all worth while just stick with it dont gicve in to the stalling tactics. Goodluck sandra

Constance said...

Naughty naughty.... I tried my hardest to avoid bed. But as i was big enough to sneak books into bed and read till 2:00am.... i have no suggestions except i would probably tackle it with the shut the door and get bored technique..

GO Supernanny!!!

well better get back to coffee and recovery after last night.... think i am getting old!!

huggles... I'm getting so excited for you..wish i was there, (better not let chris see this otherwise he will start sweating that i want one now...) lol...

byeeee