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Old 03-11-2016, 09:54 PM
 
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We've always had problems getting our kids to go to sleep at nights. It's been a bit of a nightmare, they know how to press our buttons by claiming they are still awake because they need another drink of water etc, yadayadayada, and it can take ages to get them to settle, meanwhile we are exhausted at the end of the day and just want to put our feet up and have some peace.
I saw a storybook online, the one about a rabbit, that's supposed to send your kids to sleep just by reading it. I was going to get it and try it out but then found the same type of book with better pictures. It's called The Kitten Who Wants to Fall Asleep and it has psychological trigger words woven into the story. It's nothing weird, just phrases like 'fall asleep now'.
So anyway I bought this book about the kitten and read the story to the kids that night and whammo, like magic they went out like a light. Just like that. And it works every night, not just the first night. So I just wanted to share this, in case other parents have the same problems. It might work for you too.
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Old 03-11-2016, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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That's really weird.

We always had a strict routine, but since you found a magic book I won't bother posting it here.
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Old 03-12-2016, 10:07 AM
 
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WOW, fantastic.....great that all it took was a simple book.
Wish we could all be so lucky in this ongoing age old problem.
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Old 03-12-2016, 10:40 AM
 
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What worked best for me (still does) - get them tired with plenty of physical activity during the day.
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Old 03-12-2016, 04:45 PM
 
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All it takes is routine, routine, routine and an iron will. That's it.

Pick a night time routine and stick with it. If they get out of bed 20 times, put them back in.

Ours was:
1. Warm Bath with lavendar scent
2. Jammies, drink water, brush teeth, toilet
3. Read a book
4. Tuck in with a stuffed animal
5. If child gets out, put them back. Repeat if necessary.

Glad you found something OP.
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Old 03-15-2016, 10:50 AM
 
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Benadryl.

You're welcome.
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Old 03-18-2016, 05:54 PM
 
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Benadryl.

You're welcome.
Unless you have the kind of child who is amped up by Benadryl. They exist. I have one.

(Doc told me to give him Benadryl before a night flight and the kid was up ALL night, hyper and ready to go. Never tried that again)
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Old 03-18-2016, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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I'm trying really, really hard not to comment on the idea of a magic book although secretly I wish I had been aware of it when my kids were little. Darn all that daily effort at being disciplined on sleep times, no more drinks, one more hug and kiss good night(for me)training, etc. ...all I needed was a book about kittens.

I did make up a song that my kids LOVED when I put them to bed. I am a terrible singer, but it worked for them. I suspect it had some hypnotic words.

"Good night my little babies...."

I think I will copyright it now.
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Old 03-18-2016, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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Unless you have the kind of child who is amped up by Benadryl. They exist. I have one.

(Doc told me to give him Benadryl before a night flight and the kid was up ALL night, hyper and ready to go. Never tried that again)
I had one of those--I had to give her a prescription drug that was similar one time. She literally did a Batman crawl up the walls. I personally am hyper from bendryl type drugs.
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Old 03-20-2016, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Greater NYC
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Firm routine. Had two very different children with opposite personalities and applied the same routine to both and never had any issues with bedtime whatsoever. I am pretty laid back and a touchy-feely parent about many other things but parents absolutely feed (or create) such "problems", plus, they don't give their kids enough credit.

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