ok so the verdict: last night, without the baby gates, nothing changed. she was still the stressful child she has been and didn't sleep until nearly 10
So tonight, we tried the method that someone linked in this thread.
Normal bedtime routine, had her in her room at 7. Told her she could play and tell me when she was ready to bed, that noisy play or coming out meant bedtime. She told me straight away she wanted bedtime, but I think she was just testing what would happen. I put her in bed but also made sure she knew she didn't have to climb in straight away. She then insisted on laying on the floor with her pillow. So she did. 5 minutes later, she was up reading books lol (she had been told quiet time was only reading books or cuddling her soft toys). She played quietly for around half an hour, then needed the toilet, so did that, but then decided to hit me when it was time to go back to her room. I tried to ignore her and just put her back into her room, but she hit me a few more times so I had to take her out to daddy for a growl. Anyway, after she had gotten in trouble, I just returned her to her room and she calmed down, apologised and asked to go to bed. I tucked her in and left. Heard noises about 15 mins later, so went to check, and she was putting her books away and wanted the music on (she has a leap pad book that plays lullabies). So I tucked her back in again and put the lullabies on. She was asleep two minutes after that.
So from start to finish, it took her from 7.00 to 8.20 to go to sleep. So much better than 10pm! Hopefully now she will get used to this routine and the sleep time will get earlier...
Hey that's great news! I'm glad I posted that blog post here! Keep us posted, hopefully it works every night.
day 2: went to bed at 8.05 (late due to visitors), we decided to cut the day sleep today as well. She did all the same things as yesterday, including the post toilet tantrum lol, but was asleep by 8.30
Yay! Good work! What about tonight?
we took her with us to a wedding - she danced through the whole reception, and still didn't fall asleep in the car lol. So we did the routine after we got home (which was 11ish) and she was asleep by 11.30, so i'd say still successful just very late due to the special occasion...
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