My daughter is 2.5 and moved into a bed about a month ago because she started saying her cot was yucky and wouldn't go to bed.
The only way we could get her to stay in bed to start with was to lie with her and tell her a story and sing quiet songs which used to take about 20 minutes but it's gradually getting longer, tonight it was over an hour and a half. My goal is to put her into bed, say goodnight then walk out and she'll stay and fall asleep. Tonight I was telling her that she has to close her eyes and pretend to be asleep and after a while of pretending, she will fall asleep. Every time I thought she was asleep and tried to leave, she'd say "stay mummy! I'm just pretending!"
I remind her all night of our routine so she knows what's coming next.
Another less important issue is that she won't stay in her bed all night, she's always in our bed by about 2am so I have a crappy sleep then.
I don't want to put a gate on her room or to make going to bed a negative thing but I'm at a loss as to how to get her to sleep. So wise hubbers, impart your wisdom on me! How do I get this kid to sleep?!