how do you work on getting your toddler to go to sleep on their own?

Heather - posted on 08/14/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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on some of my worst nights it takes me 1hr or more to put my daughter down, this wastes a lot of valuable time.

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Codie - posted on 08/14/2009

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How old is she? Has she been sleeping alone? It still sometimes takes me a while to get my three year old to go to bed. When he started giving us trouble we showed him "big boy" beds and said if he wanted one he would have to go to sleep without crying or being "naughty". IT WORKED. The one thing I have found is that if he doesn't get out enough during the day enough or burn off enough energy he will not be easy to put down. Also what works is I stopped giving him a nap everyday since he did not get up until after ten anyway. If he got up at ten in the morning and I was trying to put him to bed before ten it was not going to be easy at all. I don't know what her routine is but his night time routine is very important to weather he will sleep well or not. It is hard and frustrating but you have to be consistant. And if you keep going in there she knows you will keep coming in.

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Amii - posted on 08/18/2009

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I had the same problem with my now 2yo. So when I put him to bed one night I sat next to his cot and held his hand, without speaking to him, just sat there till he went to sleep. This took nearly 2hrs. But the 2nd night it took less then 45mins and I didnt touch him. The 3rd night it took maybe 10mins. I can now give him a kiss put him to bed n say goodnight and walk out of the room, and he will just go to sleep.

I know it is time consuming and may take several days to get there but it is well worth the effort. And it also helps if u have the same routine every night as consistency is the key. Good luck.

Elaine - posted on 08/17/2009

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Buy the baby or toddler whisper book. It will take longer but well worth it in the end. I know, because we still have a grandchild who has to sleep with someone.

Heather - posted on 08/17/2009

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3 hours!!! omg, I just cant wait to get past this stage. The worst part of it all is, my daughter goes down in less than 20 minutes with her father, she only gives me the hard time.

Rebecca - posted on 08/16/2009

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hi heather i am in the same boat as you but it can take me upward of 3 hours some nights.

i havnt read the suggestions yet but i hope we both can get som great advice

Tonya - posted on 08/15/2009

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I know exactly how you feel! My baby is literally the baby of the group. There's a 10 year gap between her and my youngest. Now my husband was the clingy parent. He wanted her to come sleep with us! A few months passed and he soon realized that she is just as bad a sleeper as I am!(LOL) So, he bought her a toddler bed. A Spongebob Squarepants bed!! She is a dye-hard fan! (we are too!) She has no problems sleeping in her bed now!

Louise - posted on 08/15/2009

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Pick up put down method. You have to put them down in their own bed say goodnight and come away. When they get up 1st time tell them it's time for bed take them back and come away. After that if they continue getting up, don't say a word just take them straight back. It may take a long time and alot of crying at first but if you stick to your gun's it really work's.

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