JFB - Evie has been like this for a few months now, I think it's also an age thing as lots of mums I've spoken to experience this. Initially Evie was inconsolable I couldn't leave the room. I worked out she was worse when I said 'good night' to her, I would read a book or we'd sing some of her songs then I had to make an excuse to leave the room like ''just going to the toilet", she'd cry 'mummy come back" I'd tell her I would and I did this a few times then just didn't go back in, she'd call out a few times but wasn't upset anymore then she would fall asleep, it's like she needs to know I'm there. This is how her bedtime is now, but I don't take as long to leave the room, I give her a kiss and cuddle but never say goodnight as it sets her off for some reason. She also needed the light on, now she likes a little pillow pet night light that shines stars on the ceiling. Sometimes I hear her talking or singing to herself until she goes to sleep which is fine with me as long as she isn't upset, she will usually take about 1/2 hr to fall asleep, however last night she was saying she was scared so I stayed with her until she was comfortable and not sooking then left the room, she didn't get to sleep until 9.30pm, it was annoying me but if I was to rouse on her it would only delay bedtime further and I just couldn't be bothered, and I like to make sure she isn't scared. Lately she's been mentioning scary dinosours and monsters which I have never talked about to her, I just suspect she's picking it up from kids at daycare. I often wonder what goes through her head. Is H still in a cot? Evie has just switched to a big bed and I think she's been better than what she was before.