3 year old sleep issue

Nikki - posted on 01/06/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My daughter has always been a great sleeper. She is now 3 years old & typically sleeps 10 hours a night & 1-2 hours for naps. Just recently she has been refusing to go to bed unless someone stays in her bed with her. Bed/nap time is taking forever. She has been in a twin bed since she was 2, so no changes there. We would always tell her goodnight after our bedtime routine (bath, books & snuggles) & then simply leave her in her room where she would play with a stuffed animal or sing herself songs until she fell asleep (usually about 15 mins). Now she keeps getting up with any & every excuse. I do not buy into these excuses & have tried the Super Nanny approach, but it is wearing me out. She has a night light & I do not believe she is afraid of anything, but just trying to stay up for some reason. She is clearly tired. I feel like I am going to lose it after over an hour of this nonsense twice each day now for a couple of weeks. Anybody else deal with a similar situation? Any advice? Someone please tell me that the terrible 3's end soon! :)

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Elisabeth - posted on 01/07/2014

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If she is clearly tired and forcing herself to stay awake it only makes it more difficult for her to fall asleep. The more tired the child the more difficult falling asleep becomes, it is just hard for children to settle down when overly tired. I would think trying to move the bedtime routine up 30 minutes or an hour to compensate for the delay in falling asleep. It should help her to not be overly tired from delaying. It is common for toddlers to do the up-and-down delay and most advice I have read says to not offer any feedback, positive or negative, as to not encourage the behavior. I have also read that putting a baby gate up so that the toddler cannot actually leave the room is also helpful.

Good luck!

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