Dh and i would like some advice or other parents experiences on how to handle getting or 3 year old dd to stay in bed.
She has a bedtime routine and once we say goodnight, we warn her to stay in bed or she looses her teddy bears and close the door.
Within seconds she opens the door, rolls around on the floor, plays with pillows, reads books etc and when we catch her, dh will remove her teddys that she sleeps with and warn her if she gets up again, she will get a smack and that its bedtime.
She always gets up again, so he will smack her and this can go on for hours with her getting multiple smacks on the backside.
We both hate the smacking and it doesnt appear to be working as she keeps coming out.
Ive tried telling her she wont watch any pepper pig the next day or be allowed to play with a certain toy etc, but makes no difference.
Im really not sure what else we can do.
I have thought of just letting her read etc quietly in her room (she does this in the doorway) and virtually ignoring her until she is ready for sleep but we feel then she is getting away with it and makes a mockery of her bedtime
Currently she is making grunting noises and ive just checked on her and she has changed her top :/
Please some advice? Thanks.