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Mom Confessions: I Let My Son Fall Asleep to DVDs

by Sheri Reed on August 28, 2009 at 11:00 AM

mom confessionsIt's time for a Mom Confession — because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.

This Week's Confession:

I let my son fall asleep to DVDs.

My son is a horrible sleeper. He never wants to sleep in his bed. So on some nights (okay..most nights), I let him watch a movie on his portable DVD player in bed. -- amy985

Question: Do you let your kids fall asleep to TV or DVDs?
  1. Yes, all the time. 51%
  2. Yes, but only in desperate situations. 16%
  3. No, but I might consider it now. 4%
  4. No, never. 19%
  5. No, we don't watch TV/movies in our house. 0%
  6. Other (describe below). 6%
Total Votes: 124
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We all have secrets and opinions — so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation non-judgemental!

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  • Lanasmom


    August 28, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    We started this horrible habit once--and will never do it again--when dd was 10months or so, we would let her watch tv until she feel asleep and then put her in bed--but it backfired, she would watch 2hours of the same show and still be wide awake while we were so tired--We finally put a stop to it and just had to let her CIO for a while--now she goes to sleep everynight at 8 with no crying, no problems. I will never do that again.

  • toria...


    August 28, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    When we moved from Michigan to South Carolina, my two year old had a really hard time falling asleep. It was a big change and her room was full of boxes, so we put on a movie for her for the first few nights. Problem was, we never stopped. 6 months later, we moved again, now to Washington, and when we got here I said we're done with the bedtime movies! We put the TV in the playroom and it was difficult the first few days but she adjusted. Now she does watch a DVD on the portable DVD player every once in awhile, only if she had a very late nap and I want to go to bed early, or if she slept in very late, she'll watch a movie instead of taking a nap.

    The reason we stopped is because she would stay up until the movie was over, and get much less sleep than she needed.

  • Lumin...


    August 28, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    We have one in their room and they watch it from time to time, but not every night.. its a treat. They have to go to bed an hour early.. and they are not allowed to whine when its over. thats the rule. Most times, they fall asleep after 15 min or so.

  • Pollymom


    August 28, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    We are in the midst of breaking my toddler son from this horrible habit....grrrr!

  • Mom2a...


    August 28, 2009 at 1:50 PM


    i am a victiom. i let my 5yr old Leah lay in her bed and watch tv. but once shes alseep the tv goes off in her room

  • auror...


    August 28, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Hey, do what you gotta do mama  We all need to do our different things to get to sleep and kids aren't any different.  My son listens to a CD while he is falling asleep.

    Why on earth a mom who lets her kids fall asleep to DVDs can get told she's making a big mistake yet it's perfectly acceptable to let kids scream and cry themselves to sleep I will never understand.  Whatever.

  • fmchavez


    August 28, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Mercy falls asleep to a radio. She used to listen to the rock station until she started humming the songs. I switched it to a mix station (seemed safe right?) then she was humming afternoon delight. I finally managed to get the classical station come on the radio and now it stays on that one. I'm terrified to bump the radio because it was so hard to get tuned in!

  • logan...


    August 28, 2009 at 7:29 PM

    I allow Logan to stay up late watching Elmo or Sprout every now and then.  I wouldn't classify the situation as desperate though.  It is just something we allow him to do when he is being a good boy.

  • cmr123x


    August 28, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    Sure; well kind of.  Right now my sons have a radio that plays when they are in bed.  I started  my oldest son listening to it when he was just a baby, because he would wake up crying  because of night mares. since we put the radio in he hardly will wake up in the middle of the night.

  • Queen...


    August 29, 2009 at 12:05 AM

    When the twins were younger I would put on classical music. I stopped for awhile & they started staying up late talking to eachother so now I have a burned cd of slow Jonas Brothers CD since thats their favorite band. And they usually fall asleep to that. They are 6 yrs old.

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