how do i get a two year old to sleep when he's fighting it ?

Clare - posted on 06/24/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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my son was good, he would roll over and go to sleep then it changed, and i needed to sing and pat him to sleep, now he want go to bed at all. the only way to get him into bed is getting him to sleep before putting him into bed. What can i do ? pls help

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Pamela - posted on 07/25/2011

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I would try bath, two books, sippy of milk, and cuddling while watching tv for a few minutes. Then tuck him in with his favorite blanket and toy, give him a kiss, and tell him it is time to go to bed. If he cries for over 5 minutes go in and tuck him back in again, give him a kiss and say good night again. Don't stay longer than a minute, and don't pick him up. Continue this until he falls asleep. A few nights of this and he will realize you mean bussiness:) I think they all go though a stage like this. Just keep your routine, and stay strong. Good luck!

Pamela - posted on 07/25/2011

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I would try bath, two books, sippy of milk, and cuddling while watching tv for a few minutes. Then tuck him in with his favorite blanket and toy, give him a kiss, and tell him it is time to go to bed. If he cries for over 5 minutes go in and tuck him back in again, give him a kiss and say good night again. Don't stay longer than a minute, and don't pick him up. Continue this until he falls asleep. A few nights of this and he will realize you mean bussiness:) I think they all go though a stage like this. Just keep your routine, and stay strong. Good luck!

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I've also got a 3 1/2 year old, so the issue is complicated. When I'm tired, I take them both to bed with me and watch something calm on TV, not a kids show or they stay up. Old reruns of Star Trek are good. They like it, but also drop off pretty easy. Then I put them in beds. But, I wish it was a little easier. Sometimes, I've put them both in their beds, read one story, sang a couple songs and then just sat in the dark on the floor of their room (endlessly putting the 2yr old back down and scolding the 3 yr old to stay put) until they go to sleep. That is a rough end to my workday, so I usually opt for the first plan since it means I get to lie down as well.

I kinda feel like I'm just going to have to wait it out until they are older, I don't know. My husband criticises me for this, but he's not lifting a finger to help, so I don't really pay attention to his whining about it.

Carlie - posted on 07/05/2011

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my daughter is exactly the same, although in exactly the same routine. most nights she cries and cries and cries until she goes to bed because otherwise i'm in there for 2 hours reading her her favourite story 17 times over, cuddling her and singing. i dont want to go anywhere near putting a tv in her room just yet, any other suggestions?

Clare - posted on 07/01/2011

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thanks guys, i started to put him in bed with a movie on in his room, at start he kept getting out of bed but i just kept putting him back and now he tends to falls asleep while watching the movie and sleeps for the whole night

Clare - posted on 07/01/2011

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thanks guys, i started to put him in bed with a movie on in his room, at start he kept getting out of bed but i just kept putting him back and now he tends to falls asleep while watching the movie and sleeps for the whole night

Sophie - posted on 06/30/2011

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I lay down next to my daughter for a few minutes in her toddler bed. She likes to snuggle and then falls asleep usually within 15 minutes or so. Some nights of course are drawn out and others she asks to go to bed and falls asleep before I can get in. I started doing this because I had the same problem and had to rock her to sleep which was getting ridiculous!

JOLINA - posted on 06/27/2011

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I let mines watch Nick Jr. after a warm clam bath and within 30 minutes or so she's knocked out. I can't read to her because then she wants to play with me so TV is working out with me so far.

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