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    Default help! my 2 year old won't go to sleep!

    ok, so my daughter is 28 months. she hasn't had a dummy for around 2 months but just in the last couple weeks she will not go to sleep at night. She won't let me leave the room or she carries on and throws herself around so she ends up hurting herself, but if I stay in there, she just is really silly and mucks around whether i engage or not.

    We have tried sitting in the room ignoring her, but she just gets silly.

    I have tried patting her on the back but it only works for so long then she springs awake again.

    I have tried singing to her, which used to work.

    I have tried putting her in bed with some books, which works sometimes.

    I have tried skipping the day sleep, but she always falls asleep at around 4pm and then makes night time even worse. It doesn't help that childcare is 15 minutes from home, so the car ride puts her to sleep if she hasn't had a day sleep.



    last month she was happily being left in her room to read, roll over and go to sleep. Now she is taking until almost 10pm every night to go to sleep and it's making both dh and i exhausted!

    any ideas would be appreciated...

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    I wish I could give you some ideas but my 33 month old DD2 does the same thing!!!!
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    tonight was 9.40 and she is asleep on the rug with her pillow and blanket... somehow it's more appealing than the bed...

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    We struggled with this for a long time (might have been almost a year?!). Then a few experienced mum-friends said just be firm so for 2 nights in a row at 8pm I just said that's enough, you've had a drink, been to the toilet etc, it's bedtime, and I closed the bedroom door.

    DD (age 3) yelled out for 10 mins both nights then fell asleep, waking up happy 12 hours later. Then after that we had no struggles with bedtime.

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    Forgot to say we still have a regular, predictable routine leading up to bedtime - no tv, warm bath, a few stories and cuddles on the couch (not in her bed, that hypes her up...switching to couch for stories really helped).

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    yeah we have the same routine every night: dinner, bath, brush teeth, hop into bed, stories and prayer time in bed and a couple of lullabies. DD then usually either rolls over or reads a couple books by herself before rolling over

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    DS is the same at 31 months. I've found that it tends to be worse if both DH and I are around or if its just DH getting him to sleep. If I'm by myself bedtime goes a lot smoother so now I find it's just easier to send DH off to lock himself away in a room for a bit while I get DS to sleep. Perhaps see which parent works best at bedtime and not have both of you around?

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    My daughter started that just before she turned 2. For us the only thing that worked was getting rid of the day nap. I couldn't leave her alone from about 4pm coz otherwise she would fall asleep. Gave dinner at 5pm, quick bath and bed. She would fall asleep instantly! She is now 3.5 and if she has a nap at school we are always in for a late night! But now she knows the rule is that she stays in bed and can't get out so just lays there and chats for 2 hours! If she is falling asleep on the car ride could you give her a snack or small toy to keep her amused and just talk lots to try and keep her awake?

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    We got rid of the day sleep and we went out to shops/park late arvo for an hour. Early dinner (before us) and bought bed time forward for a few weeks untill she adjusted.
    She has quiet time for an hour - watches a DVD on the sofa. While her brother naps. This rest time seems to get her through 4pm tiredness. Then when he wakes we will have arvo tea and play in the yard or go out for an hour. Then 5pm dinner, bath, books, milk, teeth, bed 7pm. She konks out straight away.

    i give dd ds snacks books and a drawing book so she doesn't fall asleep on the way home. But now it doesn't seem to matter if she does. Routine has kicked in. I suppose.
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