Could you put something on her after she's asleep? Or an electric blanket on her bed?
Night time tanties are the worst after a long day!!!! Could you both drop it somewhere like the charity bin or take it to someone ( like a friend and prearranged!) and say they are going away and taking it to children in need somewhere else for summer?!
Might just be crazy enough to work?!!!!
Or maybe sew it into a pillow? That way she can hold it?
Little Miss Muffet (01-05-2014)
its so hard I do agree with Vic Park and zombie eyes.
You have tried everything, and no amount of negotiation with wearing something underneath is going to work then as tough as it is, you need to out-stamina her. Prepare yourself for the tantrum, tell your DH and take turns with her ... it will only last a few nights. Wait till she is super-exhausted from the effort, and as a last ditch negotiation offer to let her cuddle the nightie if she keeps her pyjamas on.
If she says no, or tries to put the nightie on, you take it off her.
its a really hard thing though. MUCH easier said than done
I don't know if this would work. Maybe you and hubby block out a week together when you can both knuckle down together/be extra supportive of each other, then cook and freeze up some meals so that's all organised and do the tough love thing, then say to your DD something like 'in five days you will be wearing pyjamas to bed, because...'. Let her choose her favourites from your stash, then make a big thing out of washing them, getting them ready for 'Pyjama Night'. Then have five days of no bargaining, no tantrum, she can wear her nightie, but each night you put a cross or a sticker on a calendar or something like that as a big ceremony before bedtime. That way you will have had a little break from these difficult nights and can steel yourselves for what's coming? No idea if that would work, but it's something I would try, so she doesn't get a nasty surprise. Then is there something she likes like temporary tattoos, sparkly stickers or something that she could get every morning she wakes up in her pyjamas for a little while?
I agree that you will win the battle if you can persist. I know you're going through a rough time at the moment, and it's the last thing you need, so I also totally understand why the idea of toughing it out seems so tricky at the moment. Good luck, LMM...
Last edited by Little Miss Muffet; 01-05-2014 at 20:44.
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