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  1. tierney

    If I have a bad sleep (like last night), I literally dread the next day so I know where you’re coming from. The family I work for now had a lot of difficulty in getting their kids to bed but now that I’m there 5x a week doing bedtime, I’ve gotten them on a routine and if I falter from that routine, bedtime just doesn’t happen. At 645 we get on pjs, 7pm it’s quiet time and they watch an episode of something on tv and eat an applesauce or yogurt and at 730 we head upstairs and brush teeth. They know they get to pick two stories each and then it’s lights out. They know exactly what to expect and the whole tv, snack thing quiets th down from a busy day. Have you considered putting both boys to bed at the same time but putting Nolan in your bed to fall asleep (since he’s easier) then Archer in his bed with a baby gate across the door so if he’s upset he can get out of bed but can’t leave the room and will eventually tire out? Hopefully, after a week of a solid routine and consistency he’ll know what’s coming and won’t fight it. You can switch Nolan back into his own bed once you’re ready for bed. Just a suggestion! Perhaps by getting archer used to it and in his own room and maybe letting him wonder around without waking Nolan he’ll transition into a regular schedule!

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    1. When he had his own room, it didn’t do much :/ but I’ll start trying the attempts at getting them both asleep at the same time. Well see how that goes…

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  2. Try getting him to sleep in your bed. Till he gets used to sleeping all night then start moving him. Co sleeping is sometimes the best way to relax a child and at least you can sleep too.

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    1. I’ve tried that, but it gets him hyper because he wants to crawl around and jump on the bed. Or he tries to get down and go in my drawers. He won’t sleep there at all, which is why I try to sleep in his bed with him…but he’s just not game for whatever reason…

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  3. mscat

    Could you try the opposite? Put Archer to bed first and then put Nolan to bed once Archer is asleep? This would mean staggering bed times and maybe heading to bed a bit earlier than usual, but maybe…?

    Any thoughts on what might be waking him up at night? Teething, too hot/too cold, nightmares, eczema, reflux?

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  4. I was once told you could use a herbal supplement of Melatonin safely in children. I had a friend that used this with her toddler who had a sleeping disorder with no ill effects.

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    1. We’ve tried that, but it doesn’t do anything to prevent the wake ups…and since he doesn’t have a bottle anymore, he doesn’t drink all his milk before he passes out [the first time] 🙁

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  5. I have a hard time sleeping, too, and wake up during the night. If I don’t get a solid 8+ hours, I’m shot for the day.

    My goddaughter was just like Archer. She did not sleep. The crazy thing was, she could function completely normally. I’d have to ask my girl friend to know for sure, but I think the only thing that worked was getting her into a rigid schedule and giving her melatonin at night.

    Even though Archer doesn’t take a bottle anymore, you can still try the old warm milk trick. (Or would that make him want the bottle?) Warm milk is supposed to be relaxing. I’ve personally never tried it because it kind of freaks me out, but I know people who swear by it. Try giving him a sippy of warm milk before bed, plus the rigid schedule and melatonin.

    *hugs* I definitely feel for you. A lack of sleep does a number on me, both physically and mentally. ♥

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    1. I might try warm milk and Horlicks, since the melatonin doesn’t seem to do boo. Thanks love!

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