I am sitting here with a baby on both sides. These two three year olds are exhausted! First of all they have gone all week from school and other things. It has been raining for ever here and that makes you tired anyway and one of them was up all night! When I say all night went to bed at 8 was up at 2am and has yet to sleep since. The other one was up until 10 playing in her room and had to be woken up at 7am. It is said a child of their age should sleep 11-12 hours a night as well a hour nap a day. These two fight sleep like Mike Tyson in his Ear match, NASTY.
Why won't they sleep? As for us Mommies we are EXHAUSTED! I don't mind my Alora staying up late because she sleeps late but that should NOT be the case. I am a very strict bed time Mom. I am not strict about most things but this I am a stickler for. My children from day one home were put in their rooms at 630-7 lights out. As infants they would wake up at midnight and then 5am fed in the dark sang to changed and put back into bed. They would then start their little infant days with cat naps and boobs (oh the life!) As they grew older 7pm stayed bed time.
My oldest napped until he was 5! I think even at the age of 5 they should lay down after school and rest. Sleeping no more then 30-45 mins. They are happier and healthier.
I am sorry but these Moms that let their kids roam the house at all hours of the night or keep them out till 1am let them sleep till noon I mean come on what the hell is wrong with you!? Children are a responsibility if you didn't want that then give it up to someone who does!
I am having a hard time dealing with the lack of sleep and the no naps. At night we have started melatonin which has helped immensely! However during the day we are still at no naps. If we are in the car before dinner they fall asleep then bed time well that is even more hell!
So where am I getting at?
1. Children CRAVE a bed time and bed routine.
2. 3 year olds should be napping (for my sanity as well!)
3. Mom's who don't care about this issue well reconsider your life choices.
4. HELP!? What are your thoughts, opinions and advice?