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    Thanks everyone. Dropping the afternoon sleep is not an option. She'd be too tired for that. She sleeps for up to 3 hours in the afternoon right now. Have cut back the sleeps in the afternoon with no change at night unfortunately.

    Basically the problems started with daylight savings. She was going to sleep by 7:45pm and since daylight savings started she has fought sleep before 8:45pm. So, I've just accepted it and yep, the rascal goes to sleep at 8:45pm quite readily. We'll work on bringing that bedtime back by 15 minutes a week and see what happens. Bringing it back by an hour was clearly just too much.

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    My DD is one, but I get her up if she won't sleep. 9 times out of 10 all I have to do is lay her down, tuck her in and give her a dummy. On harder days its usually because shes over tired and I have to rock her to sleep. I try and keep it relaxed and stress free. I want bed to be a safe place, where she doesn't feel trapped.

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    Id look at if they were sleeping during the day. If they were then I'd either wake then earlier or cut it out.

    If they weren't I'd stop making the bed routine so long. Dinner bath and bed.

    Once my kids are in bed they are not allowed up, no matter how long it takes.
    It I let them up then the next night it would go on for longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mim1 View Post
    Ok, so our 2yo dd often decides that bedtime is a great time to be wide awake instead of sleepy. She'll be sleepy all day, then perk up right as we're getting her ready for bed. So, how long would you persist before giving up and trying again later?

    We're currently spending up to 1.5 hours trying to settle her in the cot in the evening. We sit in the rocking chair sometimes with her, but mostly with her in the cot. We tell stories or sing songs and eventually she goes to sleep. BUT it drives me nuts!

    I think she needs a later bed time, but then she'll come to me and ask to go to bed at 7 or 7:30pm so I think "maybe tonight she'll go to sleep early & easily" and sometimes (rarely) she does.

    So, do you give up once you've put them in the cot, or do you insist that they stay there?
    I would not chnage the bed time. i would keep it consistant. I would also keep her day sleep consistant. 2yrs old seems too young to cut out a day sleep. She would be soooo tired and even more difficult at night.
    We were putting dd to bed at 7pm and she was still up mucking around at 10.30pm. We just kept putting her back to bed and saying goodnight. Took about 3 weeks of being persistant. Now she's back to normal and sleeping so much better, no more mucking around at bed time. i think it was a phase and i think she was testing some boundaries. We kept her day sleep the same, some days she only needed an hour, other days she needed 2hrs then she would catch up with a 3hr sleep another day. I just followed her lead.
    But basically kept to our guns and stayed consistant. We were in control, not our toddler!

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    Maybe your child is ready to cut back on the day nap? I would prefer this as opposed to letting my kid stay up until 9pm, but that's just me.

    If you want your child to go to sleep I wouldn't go in the room and make a fuss (read books, sing, rock in chair etc). That's just going to stimulate your tot even more.

    Occasionally my boy takes a while to go to sleep (40 mins) but he just sings quietly to himself so I just leave him. It it was a regular thing I would look into changing something (day nap, changing bedtime etc). Routine is key for me and my tot.

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    In my opinion children need day naps as long as possible. For us our DD 2.5yrs has a long day nap, up to 3hrs, and then a late bedtime. To be honest it works for us in every regard and even as a tiny baby she was a late to sleep and late to wake child. We have been child-led in regards to her sleep.
    If you need her to go to bed early I would start trying to make her whole day 15mins earlier from wakeup to nap to bath to bed.

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