Having trouble getting my 2yr old to bed.. suggestions??

Michaela - posted on 10/23/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Every night we get our jammies on, brush teeth and hair, potty, turn on music and night light then I snuggle into bed with her while we read books to each other (usually 3) but our routine seems to take a little longer because she insists on hugging and kissing our puppy for about 5 minutes every night. I've rubbed her back, sang to her, she calls me in at least twice to give her hugs and kisses even if I've already done it the first time. When I don't respond to her callings she comes out of her room or just yells and cries for me.. She NEVER complains of monsters or bad dreams.. Sometimes she's an angel going to bed the first time I shut the door, but others (and most times) it takes around 30-40 minutes to really get her to go to bed.. Just frustrating! Any suggestions on what we could be doing differently?

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Michaela - posted on 10/23/2012

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It just depends. She only naps at home on the weekends because I work and she's on daycare. I/ve talked to our provider and she sleeps pretty well there, around and hour and 30 minutes give or take a bit. On the weekends she'll sometimes nap for an hour maybe two. I don't think that's the problem because she is so active during the day and in the evening.



Try opening her door after 2 hours into her nap then go about your cleaning, cooking, activities. the noise might wake her up so hopefully after some time her body will adjust to a shorter nap. : )

Amy - posted on 10/23/2012

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How long is she napping for? If my daughter 2 1/2 naps too long it's impossible to get her to sleep at night.

Michaela - posted on 10/23/2012

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Well, she'll be 3 in a couple months but I moved her to a toddler bed when she was about a year and a half and she is actually in a real big girl bed, has been for about 4ish months and loves it. She is just studdorn when it comes to going to bed and sometimes nap time.. maybe the solution is to just move her bedtime back 30 minutes.. maybe she's just Not ready for bed..

Melisa - posted on 10/23/2012

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How long has she been in the bed? We tried a couple times to get or son to use the big boy bed and he would constanty come out of his room giggling and stay up for a couple hours past bedtime no matter what we tried. I started researchin into it and found that some doctors believe kids aren't actually developmentally ready to be moved from the crib until they are closer to 3 years old. I know it' quite common for them to be moved at about 2 and a lot of kids are fine with it, but we decided to put him back in the crib and wait awhile longer and he started going to sleep without any problems again. He'll be 3 next month and about 2 weeks ago, he started getting his stuff together for bedtime on his own. So, we decided to try the bed again and it is a night and day difference. He will sometimes come out of his room once or twice, but most nights he goes right to bed without any problems at all. Even when he does come out, we can just tell him to go back to bed and he does. You're her mom and know best, but maybe she's not quite ready to switch from crib to bed?

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