Trouble getting 26 month old to go to sleep at night in bed!!

Joanne - posted on 07/21/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi, I have a 26 month old daughter and we changed her into her bed from the cot two weeks ago. At the start she was doing really well and the bed was a novelty for her but she is slowly becoming harder to get to sleep. We usually bring her up, read her a story and say good night but as soon we close over the door she starts screaming and giving us different excuses for us to go back in. We have tried letting her cry for a while and going back up after a while to check on her only for her to start all over again when we leave. Its getting later and later every night.

Last night after three trips up and down the stairs to her I decided I was going to let her cry to see if she would stop herself and in the end she made herself sick! I felt so bad for the poor thing. I know people say to persevere but is this really the only option! All advice on this welcome be it good or bad.
Would really appreciate some words of wisdom on this. Thanks.

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Joanne - posted on 08/03/2010

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Two weeks on and things are a good bit better. We now leave the door open so she can hear us pottering around and doesn't think she's been left. We have also stopped saying anything in regards going to bed using other ways to get her up there and this seems to be working quite well. Cheers for all the advice and it's nice to know your not the only one going through these sometimes stressful stages!!

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Does she have a night light? With the change from crib to bed she might need the extra security of seeing the edge of the bed.
Also on occasion I have sat in my son's rocking chair with my iTouch or a book with a tiny reading light and read until he slept. I only had to do this a couple of times before he started settling himself.
He also now will go take all his stuffed animals out of his toy box and cocoon himself in them in his bed. It's very cute and we stopped taking them away because we noticed he was sleeping better with them and they weren't hindering him.

Karlie - posted on 07/22/2010

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i have had the exact problem he was fine in the toddler bed for few wks then bed time was a screamin session it went on for about a month but in the last wk he has got a bit better ive had to set a bed time and just be strickt on it and now we are getting there it just takes time

Joanne - posted on 07/22/2010

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Thanks for that. Anything is worth a try. We have a rocking chair in her room already so we will give it a try and fingers crossed we might see some results. Thanks again.

Laurie - posted on 07/21/2010

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You might try leaving the door open. She may need the light/noises of hearing you outside to feel safe. What we did with our son was sit in the rocking chair beside his bed with no talking and the lights turned off. Once he was asleep - usually in under a half hour, sometimes five minutes if he was really tired, then I would leave the room with the door open. After a few months he was really comfortable with the idea of going to bed and now we just kiss him good night and he stays in his bed and goes to sleep. I was expecting a much bigger problem with letting him go to sleep on his own - crying, coming out etc - but he didn't so I probably could have done it much earlier than I did. I suspect your daughter may be scared and this may help calm her fears. Don't start talking to her etc as she will try to engage you and then she will not go to sleep however. Just sit quietly in the dark (and try not to fall asleep yourself!).

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