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2 days ago  
Just give him a nightcap, where do you think baby Farkers come from?
 
2 days ago  
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2 days ago  

SpaceMonkey-66: [Fark user image image 379x488]


I mean, the sprog likely has the sniffles
 
2 days ago  
Blah blah blah comfort your kid through this stage and stop projecting your anxiety onto them.

It'll pass and they'll learn to trust you.
 
2 days ago  
 
2 days ago  
Suck it up, buttercup, and welcome to parenthood.

I spent a lot of late nights / early mornings driving Thing One around the perimeter of the Portland metro area when he was little. It was the only thing that would get him settled back down while keeping things quiet so my wife could sleep. You start out thinking "OMG, WTF, are you serious!? Now!?" but a few miles into it, when you look in the mirror and see him quietly staring out the window as the rumbling of the road slowly lulls him back to sleep, you also start to take in the little things you've never noticed before. As miffed as you might have been at the start, you come back from the drive with a soundly-sleeping toddler and a calm vibe for yourself.

/Not sure where I'm going with that, other than "you're here now, what positive thing can you take away from this experience"?
 
2 days ago  
sounds like someone bought the ticket, but doesn't like the ride.
 
2 days ago  
It's breathing. roll over and go back to sleep.

//depends on the cry
 
2 days ago  
Wait till it becomes a teenager.
 
2 days ago  
You can try Furburizing. Just put a Furby in the baby's room and let them interact.
 
2 days ago  
Let the kid sleep in your room.  Make room in the bed, or set up the crib next to the bed.  Hell, rearrange the living room to be a giant sleep area.  It's not a crime to set up your home to suit you

We are not solitary creatures by nature.  Mist of us kind of like having someone else to snuggle up with and sleep.  You're the adult here, rule out medical issues like colic and teething, and then do the things to help the kid.
 
2 days ago  
I would hold them and slowly circle in place while humming "go to sleep". I did it for all of them and yes those nights are long and work doesn't care and university doesn't care. No one else cares that you are up all night. You know what? I don't regret one moment of it.
 
2 days ago  
Adoption.
 
2 days ago  
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2 days ago  
When my grandson was in his Terrible Twos, something similar happened and neither my daughter nor SWMBO could not get him to go to sleep, and in desperation turned to me.

I went to his room and found him screaming the place down.  The key is to stay cool, no matter what.  "Okay, here's the deal.", I said.  "I'm going to give you a choice.  You can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"

Scream holler yell tantrum etc...

"That's fine."  I reached down and picked up a toy that was not one of his favourites and needed junking any way, and put it in the bin.  SCREAM HOLLER YELL TANTRUM ETC

"There's no point you getting upset.  YOU chose to do that.  It was YOUR choice.  You decided to do that instead of going to sleep.  Now then, I'm going to give you another choice - you can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw another one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"

Scream holler...

"Okay, that's fine."  Another toy in the bin.  More screaming etc.  "That was YOUR choice, wasn't it?  You threw it in the bin.  Now then, I'm going to give you another choice - you can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw another one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"  I picked up another one and held it over the bin.

It started to hit home now.  He was losing his toys by his own actions.  Screaming stopped, replaced by snuffling.

"Does that mean you've decided that you're going to go to sleep?"  He nodded.

"Good boy.  I'll stay with you to make sure you do, okay?"  More nodding.  Asleep in two minutes.  Went downstairs to find two ladies slack-jawed with amazement.

When he woke about hours later, he asked if he could have his toys back - sorry, no.  "Remember, YOU chose to throw them away, and that's what happened.  They're gone forever.  YOU did that.  All you had to do was go to sleep.  Sleep is nice.  We all like to sleep.  Sleep is good for you.  So the next time it's time to sleep and you have the choice between going to sleep like a good boy or throwing your own toys away, what will you choose?"

"Sleep."

"Good boy.  Would you like a hug?"  He runs over and gives me a big hug, and we're friends again.  He went down for his naps and sleep like a lamb every time after that.
 
2 days ago  
Bury the survivors.
 
2 days ago  

Xanlexian: [i.imgur.com image 850x850]


Why did they find it necessary to change this from LORD No Kids?
 
2 days ago  

cherryl taggart: Let the kid sleep in your room.  Make room in the bed, or set up the crib next to the bed.  Hell, rearrange the living room to be a giant sleep area.  It's not a crime to set up your home to suit you

We are not solitary creatures by nature.  Mist of us kind of like having someone else to snuggle up with and sleep.  You're the adult here, rule out medical issues like colic and teething, and then do the things to help the kid.


That is what we did when my daughter was little. The crib was across the foot of the bed. Just being close to us was enough to keep her happy.  It was a difficult transition when we moved her to her own room, but by then she was big enough to let the kitty sleep with her, and that helped a lot.
 
2 days ago  

Barricaded Gunman: Xanlexian: [i.imgur.com image 850x850]

Why did they find it necessary to change this from LORD No Kids?


To be inclusive.
 
2 days ago  
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2 days ago  

Xanlexian: [i.imgur.com image 850x850]


Pfft. Like I'd ever wear socks with sandals.
 
2 days ago  
Pillows work wonders.....iykwim
 
2 days ago  

Only You Can See This: When my grandson was in his Terrible Twos, something similar happened and neither my daughter nor SWMBO could not get him to go to sleep, and in desperation turned to me.

I went to his room and found him screaming the place down.  The key is to stay cool, no matter what.  "Okay, here's the deal.", I said.  "I'm going to give you a choice.  You can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"

Scream holler yell tantrum etc...

"That's fine."  I reached down and picked up a toy that was not one of his favourites and needed junking any way, and put it in the bin.  SCREAM HOLLER YELL TANTRUM ETC

"There's no point you getting upset.  YOU chose to do that.  It was YOUR choice.  You decided to do that instead of going to sleep.  Now then, I'm going to give you another choice - you can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw another one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"

Scream holler...

"Okay, that's fine."  Another toy in the bin.  More screaming etc.  "That was YOUR choice, wasn't it?  You threw it in the bin.  Now then, I'm going to give you another choice - you can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw another one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"  I picked up another one and held it over the bin.

It started to hit home now.  He was losing his toys by his own actions.  Screaming stopped, replaced by snuffling.

"Does that mean you've decided that you're going to go to sleep?"  He nodded.

"Good boy.  I'll stay with you to make sure you do, okay?"  More nodding.  Asleep in two minutes.  Went downstairs to find two ladies slack-jawed with amazement.

When he woke about hours later, he asked if he could have his toys back - sorry, no.  "Remember, YOU chose to throw them away, and that's what happened.  They're gone forever.  YOU did that.  All you had to do was go to sleep.  Sleep is nice.  We all like to sleep.  Sleep is good for you.  So the next time it's time to sleep and you have the choice between going to sleep like a good boy or throwing your own toys away, what will you choose?"

"Sleep."

"Good boy.  Would you like a hug?"  He runs over and gives me a big hug, and we're friends again.  He went down for his naps and sleep like a lamb every time after that.


This works. Although in my version I say I'll take it away not throw it away, and he'll only get it back when he shows me he is ready.

Find what motivates a kid and you'll be able to get them to understand what they should be doing - like getting a good night's sleep.
 
2 days ago  
remember when I said, "Condoms. Every. Single. Time"?

not saying I told you so..
 
2 days ago  
Check the diaper, see if they're hungry or thirsty, check for a temperature.

Toddlers can often tell you where the problem is. Are they tugging at an ear or some other body part? If they're crying, take a look at their throat with your phone's flashlight.

If all else fails, put in some foam earplugs, sit in the rocking chair, and just rock the kid, letting them squirm into whatever position they are most comfortable.
 
2 days ago  
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2 days ago  

scumm: sounds like someone bought the ticket, but doesn't like the ride.


hasn't figured out to to handle baby #1 and thought it was a great idea to pop out another one. I'm sure it'll be easier with two.
 
2 days ago  
My kid did none of this.  The only thing he screamed about was sleeping in his own bed--so he always slept with us--or me, because who knows where Dad was?  But after that, he was no trouble.  I breastfed, he slept with me, everything was cool.  He never got sick.  He didn't whine, he was quiet, he played outside.

If only Dad hadn't existed.....
 
2 days ago  

Only You Can See This: When my grandson was in his Terrible Twos, something similar happened and neither my daughter nor SWMBO could not get him to go to sleep, and in desperation turned to me.

I went to his room and found him screaming the place down.  The key is to stay cool, no matter what.  "Okay, here's the deal.", I said.  "I'm going to give you a choice.  You can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"

Scream holler yell tantrum etc...

"That's fine."  I reached down and picked up a toy that was not one of his favourites and needed junking any way, and put it in the bin.  SCREAM HOLLER YELL TANTRUM ETC

"There's no point you getting upset.  YOU chose to do that.  It was YOUR choice.  You decided to do that instead of going to sleep.  Now then, I'm going to give you another choice - you can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw another one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"

Scream holler...

"Okay, that's fine."  Another toy in the bin.  More screaming etc.  "That was YOUR choice, wasn't it?  You threw it in the bin.  Now then, I'm going to give you another choice - you can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw another one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"  I picked up another one and held it over the bin.

It started to hit home now.  He was losing his toys by his own actions.  Screaming stopped, replaced by snuffling.

"Does that mean you've decided that you're going to go to sleep?"  He nodded.

"Good boy.  I'll stay with you to make sure you do, okay?"  More nodding.  Asleep in two minutes.  Went downstairs to find two ladies slack-jawed with amazement.

When he woke about hours later, he asked if he could have his toys back - sorry, no.  "Remember, YOU chose to throw them away, and that's what happened.  They're gone forever.  YOU did that.  All you had to do was go to sleep.  Sleep is nice.  We all like to sleep.  Sleep is good for you.  So the next time it's time to sleep and you have the choice between going to sleep like a good boy or throwing your own toys away, what will you choose?"

"Sleep."

"Good boy.  Would you like a hug?"  He runs over and gives me a big hug, and we're friends again.  He went down for his naps and sleep like a lamb every time after that.


Conditioning a child to expect punishment when they need help is a great idea. They'll appreciate that later in life.
 
2 days ago  

zeroman987: Only You Can See This: When my grandson was in his Terrible Twos, something similar happened and neither my daughter nor SWMBO could not get him to go to sleep, and in desperation turned to me.

I went to his room and found him screaming the place down.  The key is to stay cool, no matter what.  "Okay, here's the deal.", I said.  "I'm going to give you a choice.  You can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"

Scream holler yell tantrum etc...

"That's fine."  I reached down and picked up a toy that was not one of his favourites and needed junking any way, and put it in the bin.  SCREAM HOLLER YELL TANTRUM ETC

"There's no point you getting upset.  YOU chose to do that.  It was YOUR choice.  You decided to do that instead of going to sleep.  Now then, I'm going to give you another choice - you can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw another one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"

Scream holler...

"Okay, that's fine."  Another toy in the bin.  More screaming etc.  "That was YOUR choice, wasn't it?  You threw it in the bin.  Now then, I'm going to give you another choice - you can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw another one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"  I picked up another one and held it over the bin.

It started to hit home now.  He was losing his toys by his own actions.  Screaming stopped, replaced by snuffling.

"Does that mean you've decided that you're going to go to sleep?"  He nodded.

"Good boy.  I'll stay with you to make sure you do, okay?"  More nodding.  Asleep in two minutes.  Went downstairs to find two ladies slack-jawed with amazement.

When he woke about hours later, he asked if he could have his toys back - sorry, no.  "Remember, YOU chose to throw them away, and that's what happened.  They're gone forever.  YOU did that.  All you had to do was go to s ...


Bonus: the kid did not have social media telling him that the toys were going away because of {pick sociopolitical boogeyman}.
 
2 days ago  

lifeslammer: Pillows work wonders.....iykwim


"It was a chicken!"
 
2 days ago  

Only You Can See This: When my grandson was in his Terrible Twos, something similar happened and neither my daughter nor SWMBO could not get him to go to sleep, and in desperation turned to me.

I went to his room and found him screaming the place down.  The key is to stay cool, no matter what.  "Okay, here's the deal.", I said.  "I'm going to give you a choice.  You can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"

Scream holler yell tantrum etc...

"That's fine."  I reached down and picked up a toy that was not one of his favourites and needed junking any way, and put it in the bin.  SCREAM HOLLER YELL TANTRUM ETC

"There's no point you getting upset.  YOU chose to do that.  It was YOUR choice.  You decided to do that instead of going to sleep.  Now then, I'm going to give you another choice - you can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw another one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"

Scream holler...

"Okay, that's fine."  Another toy in the bin.  More screaming etc.  "That was YOUR choice, wasn't it?  You threw it in the bin.  Now then, I'm going to give you another choice - you can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw another one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"  I picked up another one and held it over the bin.

It started to hit home now.  He was losing his toys by his own actions.  Screaming stopped, replaced by snuffling.

"Does that mean you've decided that you're going to go to sleep?"  He nodded.

"Good boy.  I'll stay with you to make sure you do, okay?"  More nodding.  Asleep in two minutes.  Went downstairs to find two ladies slack-jawed with amazement.

When he woke about hours later, he asked if he could have his toys back - sorry, no.  "Remember, YOU chose to throw them away, and that's what happened.  They're gone forever.  YOU did that.  All you had to do was go to sleep.  Sleep is nice.   ...


I would not expect a 2 year old to have this level of abstract reasoning about choice and consequences.

To be honest, I wouldn't expect a 20 year old to grasp this either.
 
1 day ago  

Uranus: [Fark user image 850x848]


Not wrong, other than not pulling out the drawer and putting it on the ground.

I've done exactly that.  One of the things about adoption is that you might not get a lot of warning, as in getting a phone call saying "Come pick up your kid now".   Well, we didn't have a crib.  Fine- pull out a drawer, put in a changing mat for padding and bingo, one "crib".

That said, #1 son didn't like it (or a real crib) much and wanted to sleep in his car seat, so car seat it was for the first month or two.  Then again, he had colic as well and hated almost everything, so we did a lot of the late night driving too.
 
1 day ago  

Only You Can See This: When my grandson was in his Terrible Twos, something similar happened and neither my daughter nor SWMBO could not get him to go to sleep, and in desperation turned to me.

I went to his room and found him screaming the place down.  The key is to stay cool, no matter what.  "Okay, here's the deal.", I said.  "I'm going to give you a choice.  You can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"

Scream holler yell tantrum etc...

"That's fine."  I reached down and picked up a toy that was not one of his favourites and needed junking any way, and put it in the bin.  SCREAM HOLLER YELL TANTRUM ETC

"There's no point you getting upset.  YOU chose to do that.  It was YOUR choice.  You decided to do that instead of going to sleep.  Now then, I'm going to give you another choice - you can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw another one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"

Scream holler...

"Okay, that's fine."  Another toy in the bin.  More screaming etc.  "That was YOUR choice, wasn't it?  You threw it in the bin.  Now then, I'm going to give you another choice - you can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw another one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"  I picked up another one and held it over the bin.

It started to hit home now.  He was losing his toys by his own actions.  Screaming stopped, replaced by snuffling.

"Does that mean you've decided that you're going to go to sleep?"  He nodded.

"Good boy.  I'll stay with you to make sure you do, okay?"  More nodding.  Asleep in two minutes.  Went downstairs to find two ladies slack-jawed with amazement.

When he woke about hours later, he asked if he could have his toys back - sorry, no.  "Remember, YOU chose to throw them away, and that's what happened.  They're gone forever.  YOU did that.  All you had to do was go to sleep.  Sleep is nice.   ...


Can't wait for when he strangles his wife and calmly tells the police "She strangled herself.  She did that.  I told her dinner had to be ready by time I got home from work or this would happen. Being murdered was her choice. Now she's gone forever.  All she had to do is cook dinner by time I got home from work. A hot dinner after work is nice."
 
1 day ago  
You know those acoustical printer covers that they used to use for impact printers and people use for their loud 3D printers now? They even have a vent fan and everything.
 
1 day ago  
She says he's a bad sleeper but nothing about how he was taught to sleep in the first place. It sounds like they have always been pretty inconsistent so I'm guessing they didn't really do any sleep training and now that he's two they're wishing they had.

I'm only on my first kid so my anecdote is pretty worthless, but as hard as it was for us to do it, our baby responded really well to Ferber method stuff at six and a half months. The best part is he sleeps so much more soundly now, and I think it's because we stopped playing a prank on him.

The way Ferber explained it (and I liked Ferber more than Weissbluth) was we all wake up in the night. If I took your pillow and threw it in the floor you'd probably wake up in a little while ago, grope around for it, stuff it back under your head, and go back to sleep and never remember doing it. As long as everything's where we left it we're okay.

So the prank we were playing on our baby is we were rocking him and then he'd fall asleep on dad's shoulder in a rocking chair and then wake up and dad was gone and nothing was rocking. It would be like if I fell asleep on my couch and woke up at Taco Bell. I'd say, "What the fark?" He doesn't speak English yet so he said "What the fark?" in Baby, and then we had to start over again. Every time a dog barked or the train went by or whatever we'd have to do another lap of this.

Now we give him a bath, read a book, sing a song, and say goodnight and sometimes he'll cry for maybe 30 seconds and half the time not at all and then he goes to sleep alone in his crib and if the train goes by and wakes him up he looks around and he's still alone in his crib and everything's where he left it and he goes back to sleep. I miss the hell out of the rocking chair time already, but it's not about me having a pet baby. It's about him getting the sleep he needs so he can grow and learn tomorrow.

This lady seems to be playing the same prank. Mom was on the floor when I went to sleep. Where is she? "Mom, What the fark?!?!?"
 
1 day ago  
Either sedate the little bastard, leave him at a fire station, or both.
 
1 day ago  

akya: Can't wait for when he strangles his wife and calmly tells the police "She strangled herself.  She did that.  I told her dinner had to be ready by time I got home from work or this would happen. Being murdered was her choice. Now she's gone forever.  All she had to do is cook dinner by time I got home from work. A hot dinner after work is nice."


Sorry for being hyperbolic, but my point is you introduced an unnatural and manipulative consequence when natural ones exist.  Adults with insomnia don't have their possessions thrown away.  They do, however, have a hell of a time getting anything done the next day.

You could have told him 'Hey, we have plans to do this fun thing, that I know you enjoy, tomorrow morning.  But if we don't go to bed now we will need to sleep in and won't be able to spend as much time there."
or
"If we don't go to sleep now, we won't be able to get up early and make an awesome breakfast with *insert favorite breakfast food*, We'll end up eating cereal instead."
or
"If mommy and daddy don't get enough sleep they will be late to work and won't have as much money to buy you toys with."
or (if they aren't old enough to grasp natural consequences)
"I'm going to read  you this story, then, if you're not already asleep, I'm going to leave and I'm not coming back.  I love you and everyone needs enough sleep to be at their best"

The last one works better if reading a story is part of a normal bedtime routine.  I just think you're setting yourself up for failure in their teenage years when they realize they were manipulated into good behavior.
 
1 day ago  
There is a difference between a two-year-old throwing a tantrum because he doesn't want to go to bed, and a younger non-verbal child who is screaming, presumably because something hurts, and can't explain the problem. Child-rearing tips help with the first. The second is just something babies do. Do your best to find a way to alleviate the pain, and to soothe them. If you can't and are at the breaking point, put them in their crib and get away.
 
1 day ago  

Only You Can See This: When my grandson was in his Terrible Twos, something similar happened and neither my daughter nor SWMBO could not get him to go to sleep, and in desperation turned to me.

I went to his room and found him screaming the place down.  The key is to stay cool, no matter what.  "Okay, here's the deal.", I said.  "I'm going to give you a choice.  You can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"

Scream holler yell tantrum etc...

"That's fine."  I reached down and picked up a toy that was not one of his favourites and needed junking any way, and put it in the bin.  SCREAM HOLLER YELL TANTRUM ETC

"There's no point you getting upset.  YOU chose to do that.  It was YOUR choice.  You decided to do that instead of going to sleep.  Now then, I'm going to give you another choice - you can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw another one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"

Scream holler...

"Okay, that's fine."  Another toy in the bin.  More screaming etc.  "That was YOUR choice, wasn't it?  You threw it in the bin.  Now then, I'm going to give you another choice - you can either go to sleep right now like a good boy, or I throw another one of your toys away.   It's your choice - what do you want to do?"  I picked up another one and held it over the bin.

It started to hit home now.  He was losing his toys by his own actions.  Screaming stopped, replaced by snuffling.

"Does that mean you've decided that you're going to go to sleep?"  He nodded.

"Good boy.  I'll stay with you to make sure you do, okay?"  More nodding.  Asleep in two minutes.  Went downstairs to find two ladies slack-jawed with amazement.

When he woke about hours later, he asked if he could have his toys back - sorry, no.  "Remember, YOU chose to throw them away, and that's what happened.  They're gone forever.  YOU did that.  All you had to do was go to sleep.  Sleep is nice.   ...


Bonus points if you yelled LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO at the kid.
 
1 day ago  
Both of our kids suffered from colic. I'd hold them on my shoulder and carry them for hours as I walked around the living room. I'd talk to them. Point out lights. the cats, shadows. When the weather was mild enough we'd walk around the block. Eventually, there'd be a belch or a fart and then they'd sleep.  The times it didn't work, we'd know it was an ear-ache. Each, in turn, needed drainage tubes in their ears. Each had that weird frantic response to the anesthesia wearing off. Each, eventually, turned into 3 and 4 year olds who could tell us what hurt.

I'm glad our half-understood measures helped. I'm sorry that others have cases that don't. If I'd been a single parent or if my wife had been a single parent, the one with the kids would have gone insane. The way parents have gone insane since the dawn of time.
 
1 day ago  

Mr_Vimes: Adoption.


No one is going to adopt a 7 month pregnant woman.
 
1 day ago  

Barricaded Gunman: Why did they find it necessary to change this from LORD No Kids?


As a Lady* No Kids, it's nice to see myself in the wild.

/*enby but hey
//I'm printing that comic and framing it someday soon
 
1 day ago  
Okay.
Calm down.
Listen to the voices in your head.
 
1 day ago  
ctrl-f "noise-cancelling headphones"

/hhmmmmnnnn
//I hear fire stations take in babies, no questions asked....
///pick em back up after "the terrible twos"...
 
1 day ago  

Omnis_evil_twin: Xanlexian: [i.imgur.com image 850x850]

Pfft. Like I'd ever wear socks with sandals.



You would if you were dressing up to go the Dollar Mart.
 
1 day ago  

skyotter: Bonus points if you yelled LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO at the kid.


Yep.

Can't wait till he has keys to the car and you look at him the wrong way.
 
1 day ago  
And remember to make sure they're physically tired.  Toddlers who have been in the stroller/car/or on couch all day will be poor sleepers.

I let my nephew and my pup play 'Chase' as much as they want...
 
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My oldest did the same thing.  I had a long screed typed out, but it turned TL;DR.  I wouldn't have been able to do it without 24 hour support from my husband and between the two of us, as sleep deprived as we were, finally got a full day or night's sleep about a year and a half in.  The kid didn't stop screaming in the bath until he was four.  Autism sensory issues, kid was just overloaded and couldn't communicate.
 
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