Sleep “Nightmare” Routine
For some kids, it’s have a bath, get dressed and brush your teeth, and in to bed. Other kids need a story, maybe a song, a drink, a kiss and a cuddle or maybe even a soft toy.
Bedtime in my house is long….. very long. We do all of the above. And then some more. My eldest requires certain things to be done to his room in order to be comfortable to go to sleep. Trying to curb the problem, can equal to more insecurities. Taking away things, he usually knows it’s not there and wont sleep until it’s returned. Everything above is done hassle free, but getting him to lay in his bed longer then 10 seconds is hard work.
First things first, Peppa and George need to be driven home from the airport. He will spend his time getting them home, which seems to be the most time consuming activity.
Farm animals must be put in the barn to sleep.
The trains, cars and tractors must be lined up along the wall for sleep time.
The next thing, is what or who is he going to sleep with that night. If he wants to sleep with his Lightening McQueen car, it’s ALL of his Lightening McQueen cars, all big and small. Same goes with his trains. Usually by the time we are done, there is hardly any room for him to sleep in the bed, but he is happy to sleep that way. If one of those many toys are missing, or missing a piece, he will look for it until he finds it, and wont go to bed until he does.
Pj’s must be matching! Hell breaks lose if his top doesn’t match his bottoms.
If you read a book from a book set, or have a stack of books somewhere in his room, you need to read ALL of them.
He must have a bottle of water, and a cup of milk and the milk must be sitting on the right side of the water bottle, he will correct it if it is wrong.
Lastly if all his blankets are not on him properly, he will get upset. A kiss and a “Night night” and I am out of the door.
Sadly it doesn’t entirely end there. If something is amiss, and usually you hope he forgets, he will call out to you to come fix what ever is wrong.
It’s all very exhausting. Can go on for hours on a bad night. This is what it can be like putting a child with possible autism to bed. It isn’t about stalling as much as it is making them comfortable enough to switch off. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like this every night. Sometime he will go straight to bed with what ever toy, and go straight to sleep, but a good majority of the time, what I have listed is what we do nearly every night.
If he wakes up in the middle of the night and something is not right, we are woken up to help him resettle, which is usually easier to cope with, but it sometimes can happen a few times a night. He still is my worst sleeper in my house. Even my 15 month old sleeps better then him, and he is almost 4.