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    Default 2yr old - Struggling to fall asleep and stay asleep!!!!

    Good Morning!!

    So as the title states, my 2yr old dd isn't sleeping well at all. She had decided that going to bed and sleeping more than 5 or 6hrs is overrated. I do not agree and need to hear if anyone is going through the same thing?!

    Background is she had never been a good sleeper (neither was I). At 7mths we had a sleep specialists out and that worked until 12mths. Then for the past year it's been hit and miss.

    We've had a solid bedtime routine all her life and have tried many techniques. I'm thinking sleep school is the next step. This past week has been the worst, last night finally asleep at 10:30 (the latest ever) and up at 5! I work and she attends daycare twice a week, one of the days being yesterday.

    She is a great little girl, but she's getting cranky and mummy's getting cranky... Oh daddy too! What do you all do with your non sleepers? Is it time for tough love? (I have tried this before as well as sitting in the room, going in and out at intervals, patting, co sleeping till she was asleep etc etc)...

    She is in a bed also..,, do I get the cot back out?

    Ok ok im rambling enough from me... Thanks in advance

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    Does she protest going to sleep or is she just awake and mucking around? Does she still have a day sleep?

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    She is protesting now, a week ago she would just toddle off and play in her room or after a few books go to sleep. Last few nights running around like a crazy women

    Yep has a day sleep of about 2hrs. If I do y give her one she can sometimes be harder to get to sleep.

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    We had to cut the day sleep.. Is she day sleeping?

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    Oh just read the day sleep of 2 hours. There is your problem. It can take them longer to switch off for the first few weeks of no day sleep but an earlier bed time is well worth the full night sleep. I would ditch the day sleep, stick with your bed time routine and then go to bed a little earlier.

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    Or limit day sleep to 40mins

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    We had to cut my DS day sleep out from about 2yrs as he was getting harder and harder to get to sleep at night and was waking earlier.

    I started by reducing it to 1hr and waking him then completely phased it out at home. He is at daycare twice a week and still sleeps there but for 1.5hrs max (we have tried to cut these sleeps as well but he falls asleep playing).

    It worked wonders for him! He's off to sleep at 7 and has been sleeping until 6.30am...amazing! He is harder to get to bed on days he's been at daycare so the day sleep really affects his night sleep.

    I hope you can find a solution - bedtimes/sleep issues are so draining!

    Best wishes :-)

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    Wobbley how frustrating is that daycare sleep? My DS is the same sleeps at day care cause they all do. I have tried to get them to get him to skip it but he still has it,

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    I find that if DD doesn't have a day sleep she's more unsettled at night. She's 3 in August.

    Just recently she's started going to bed without a fuss but still rarely sleeps through. She usually wakes at least once wanting me. I'm 29wks pregnant so DH has been doing the night wakings to get used to me not being at her beck and call! It's working well and resettling is getting much easier. It was all about consistency and she eventually realised she wasn't going to be allowed in our bed whenever she wanted.

    In sure you've done this, but I'd just pick a strategy and be really consistent for a good couple of weeks. If that doesn't work then I'd consider sleep school. She must be getting a 'payoff' for waking/refusing to go to sleep so if you can figure it out that might help.

    It's so tough when they don't sleep! Exhausting.

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    @lilypily, he does so well at home with no nap but I guess as they are active all day at day care it just makes it that bit harder!

    OP, it's so tough - especially in the sense that there are so many options to try...no day sleep, increase day sleep, tough it out etc...and all seem to work in different situations. Sometimes I wish there was a fits all solution but I guess that would make for a boring world!

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