Ok, so our 2yo dd often decides that bedtime is a great time to be wide awake instead of sleepy. She'll be sleepy all day, then perk up right as we're getting her ready for bed. So, how long would you persist before giving up and trying again later?
We're currently spending up to 1.5 hours trying to settle her in the cot in the evening. We sit in the rocking chair sometimes with her, but mostly with her in the cot. We tell stories or sing songs and eventually she goes to sleep. BUT it drives me nuts!
I think she needs a later bed time, but then she'll come to me and ask to go to bed at 7 or 7:30pm so I think "maybe tonight she'll go to sleep early & easily" and sometimes (rarely) she does.
So, do you give up once you've put them in the cot, or do you insist that they stay there?