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    Default 3 year old suddenly crap sleeper

    My three year old has suddenly turned into a horrible sleeper!
    She had been amazing since birth (sleeping through 11-12 hours since 8 weeks, asking to go to bed, never refusing sleep, 2 naps a day until two years old etc etc)
    Since just after turning three her sleeping has turned to sh1t!
    She used to go to bed at 6.30 but his has been pushed to 7pm. She makes numerous excuses (like fill up water bottle, fix blanket, light on, door open, toilet etc) and screams until daddy (God help me if I go in instead!) goes in! He had resorted to lying next to her at times.
    Some nights she isn't falling asleep until 8.30pm and despite her gro clock being set for 6.15 she will wake anywhere from 5am, turn her light on and whinge the house down consequently waking us (and her little sister!)
    Doesn't matter if she has a nap during the day or not, nights are the same. I have put off nighttime toilet training because of this.
    The last few nights she has now started to whine and cry numerous times throughout the night (literally last night she had 4 hours sleep total and still woke at 6am- no day sleep yesterday). We are at our wits ends.
    Any tips, advice, strategies or reward system recommendations would be great!! X

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    Cut the day sleep. If you are just missing a day sleep here and there you will not see any correlation with night sleep because at her age she will easily compensate for a night or two. Drop the day sleep completely for at least a week and you will then see the difference.
    Also is it possible that because she has alway been such a great sleeper that you have not set firm boundaries? You have let her think that she controls sleep time? It might be time to be clearer about the bedtime rules. Make a plan with your husband about bed and wake time and decide what the plan is if she doesn't comply. Then tell her clearly what you expect and stick to it. Good luck. Xxx

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    What is the usual day routine for sleep etc?

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    Wake up at 6 (but lately this can be 5)
    Nap (if she has one) anywhere from 12-1 for one hour
    Bedtime is 7pm

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    Agree ditch the day sleep. It's gone at 2 in my house

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    Kids around 3 need between 11-13 hours sleep per day. If your kid wakes at 6am, has a 1 hour nap during the day, they won't be ready for bed until 7pmish give or take a bit.

    If you want to do 6am-6pm, or 7am-7pm I think you may need to look at cutting the day nap.

    If you want to keep the day nap, perhaps look at pushing it back to 1pm or even 2pm. This may help with the early rising.

    Alternatively - any chance cold could be contributing to the early rising? 5am is the coldest part if the day. What is the temperature in your preschoolers room at bedtime and then at 5am? What clothes and bedding are used?

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    Default 3 year old suddenly crap sleeper

    I agree with VicPark, particularly about the cold. My daughter has been rising early and getting into my bed as soon as Daddy leaves for work at 02:30. It was driving me insane. Turns out she was cold.

    I've started putting a heat pack into her bed of an evening, and adding singlets and extra blankets. She's now staying snugly in her bed well into the morning.


 

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