How do I get my daughter to go to sleep in her own bed?

Melissa - posted on 08/16/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is yrs old. And when it comes to night time I have to hold her on my lap until she falls alseep, and then I can bring her to her bed. She is starting shcool next week, and I want her to be able to go to her room and fall asleep without a fight. PLZ HELP

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NotaMom - posted on 08/17/2009

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Try reading her a story. I have taken care of quite a few children and a story always helps them calm down, and get comfortable wherever they may be. Try reading her a great story as she is in her bed. My mother happened to write a children's book and all of the kids we have read it to enjoyed it a great deal!


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I really hope it helps!

Shakela - posted on 08/17/2009

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Try allowing her to take her favorite toy to bed with her and say that the toy needs her to keep it safe or tell him her some story about The Brave girls league and to be apart of it, she has to stay in bed..then give her a brave girls league award when she wakes up, if you want the awards to add to a greater award, that would be even better, i know this sounds silly, but it's not because i have a daugher she will be 9 soon, and she still believes in the tooth fairy because of the things i tell her!! She's a smart cookie too!! anyway hope this helps

Jeanell - posted on 08/16/2009

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Without knowing much about your daughter and your particular situation, I will tell you what I have told all my other friends that have had this problem: It is time to get tough. You are the adult and she the child and this is not negotiable.



Start a routine and stick with it. Let her know that there are consequences for not minding bedtime, and then follow through with it. If she is screaming, or crying - don't give in. If she gets out of bed, follow through with the consequence and then put her back in bed - no if's, and's, or but's. If this continues, ramp up the consequences.



If you can survive a week of this and hold strong - you should see signs that you have either completely won the battle or at least see the signs that she is weakening. It should be finished!



Good luck!

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