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    My dd who is 2 yrs 8 months is exactly the same it's exhausting.
    I have found the last few nights that if I lie with her for a while then say I'm going to go have a bath then ill come back and lie with her again and she has said okay. Then I have gone and had a bath and she has waited patiently and by the time I've come back she's been asleep both times.... Fingers crossed it keeps working cause I'm knakered. Never had this trouble with my ds... He just goes to bed easy ( he is almost 4).

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    I would move it forward to 6:30/7 (bedtime that is)

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    We got my 2 year old a double bed and lay beside him while he falls asleep. About 30mins now. Then shut the door and don't really hear from him the rest of the night. If he does wake over night we just lay beside him and he goes back to sleep. It works for us.

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    I used to have a big bed time battle with dd as well.
    So I changed our routine a bit and added a bedtime story just one story and then I would start off by sitting on the floor at the end of her bed with my back to her then I would sit further away from her every couple of days until I was able to walk straight out of the room after the story.
    This seemed to solve my problem and I could then have my own quiet time in the evenings. Its hard work to begin with but now we have no problem at bed time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbles10 View Post
    Another technique that can work better is to settle child in bed, and then say you need to go toilet (or whatever excuse) and will be back in a minute.

    leave the room and return in a short period. you want to get back while child is still in bed, so it may be a minute, it may only be 10 seconds initially.

    praise them for staying in bed and stay for a little while then excuse yourself again. you then extend the time that you are out of the room, but the aim is to get back before they get out of bed so they get positive attention.

    good luck
    This works for our 34mth old.

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    Ok thank you so much i have a few new things i can try here.

    I might bring bedtime forward to 7 and see how that goes too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbles10 View Post
    Another technique that can work better is to settle child in bed, and then say you need to go toilet (or whatever excuse) and will be back in a minute.

    leave the room and return in a short period. you want to get back while child is still in bed, so it may be a minute, it may only be 10 seconds initially.

    praise them for staying in bed and stay for a little while then excuse yourself again. you then extend the time that you are out of the room, but the aim is to get back before they get out of bed so they get positive attention.

    good luck
    This is what ended up working with my DS. For my DD (now 3.5) I did it slightly differently because she would still get out of bed and the method of being firm and returning her to bed repeatedly was making me lose my cool and I didn't want bedtime to be a battle. So we have story, lights out and goodnight kiss. I tell her it's time to be quiet and still and that I'll come back and give her another kiss in 5 mins if she stays in bed and I don't hear any noise. If she carries on, there won't be another goodnight kiss she will just get returned to bed and the 5 mins starts over. Works a treat. 9 times out of 10 she's asleep by the time I return but I always make sure to go back and check because sometimes she is still awake and the method relies on her trusting that I will return. Sometimes in the morning she says "sorry mummy, I fell asleep before you came back"!!. When I first started I'd come back after only a couple of minutes to maximise the chance of being able to reward her before she was tempted to get out of bed. And once I had success with that I'd extend the period I stayed away. It might mean you go in a few times before she actually falls asleep at first but going in to give a kiss every 5 mins is much nicer than carrying a child back to bed all night!

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