Our expert says:
Firstly, look at his diet, if he eats lots of sugar or colourants, cut that out, as it may be making him hyperactive.
Try and get him into a strict routine at night - bath him at the same time and let him go to bed by 20h00 - keeping him awake too late may overtire him.
Start winding down after dinner. Slowing the pace for yourself and your child will help make the transition to bedtime easier. Reading, singing and quiet play are better than running around. Dads and their toddlers often like a rough and tumble, but do not have them an hour before sleep time.
Keep the before-bed routine short and sweet. Bathing, brushing teeth and going to the toilet shouldn't take more than half an hour or so. Any longer and your child will start getting wound up and you'll start getting frustrated.
Be firm and consistent about bedtime rules.
Leave a book or a quiet toy in your child's bed so he can amuse himself for a little while after waking up. He can't understand the concept of "too early", but you can tell him to stay in his room until the light comes through the window or he hears you say "good morning" (or some other specific signal).
lastly, discuss with your GP - he may be able to prescribe something for your child to calm him down and get him into a routine at night.
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