My almost 2yr old daughter wont go to bed without someone right there tewlling her its nuh night time and eminding her its not play time... Any advice?
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Esther - posted on 04/16/2009
OK - I didn't realize it was an hour of telling her night night. My son is not as old as your daughter, but what has really helped with him is to do a slightly more elaborate bedtime routine than I used to do. It's really only a few minutes more. After I put him in his PJs (he's 15 months) we go around the room and say goodnight to all the stuffed animals in his room (he only has about 5 there) & then we put them down on their back like they are going to sleep too. We also wave goodbye to the animals in the pictures on the wall. Then I sit down with him in the dark to give him his last bottle (a large one) and when he finishes that I give him a kiss goodnight & put him in his crib. He's usually a little sleepy by this point, but definitely still awake. At first I would have to sit on the floor next to the crib with my back turned to him and just ignore him from that point on until he had fallen asleep. He would challenge me by throwing pacifiers at my head, trying to pull my hair, laughing really loud, calling for me, throwing his lovey out of the bed etc. etc. etc. Whatever he could think off. I would ignore it all and not give him any eye contact. I'm personally not a fan of crying it out for myself or my son, so the only exception to that was when he would get truly upset, but that happened rarely. The first night I did that it took me 40 mins or so, after 2 weeks I was down to less than 5 minutes of sitting with him. Now I don't even have to sit down anymore.
Angela - posted on 04/16/2009
It takes at least an hour if not longer of sitting in the room reminding her of what time it is... I have things to do like house work and school work after she goes to bed thats my time to do what I need to and then unwind and get up for school or work in the morning. I dont have time to be spending like that.