We seem to all of a sudden be struggling to get our 21mo DD to go to bed at night without a massive battle.
We've just come back from holidays and it seems that all this fuss started whilst we were away, she struggled a bit with all the strange places to sleep & out of routine.
Now that were home, were trying to get back to normality. But putting her to bed is like torture. Initially she is happy to get into the cot & lay down, but as soon as I go to leave the room she gets up & starts crying. She will scream & cry out mummy daddy until she is so worked up & is sweaty & coughing. We go back in & tell her to lay down (dads voice has greater effect...), which she does but as soon as we leave it starts again. We have also tried leaving her to cry it out but she goes for a very long time & gets quite worked up.
Once she is asleep she sleeps all night. She also is still having a 1-2hr sleep during the day, which is also a little battle but not as much. Usually its around 11.30am but because of our holiday, its lately been around 2pm which I suspect might be effecting her bedtime.
Were at the point now where we have no choice but to stay in the room until she drifts off, which might be 10mins or 60. She has trained us well! We really don't want to do this every night.
What should we do? Any other techniques we could try?