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    Default 2 year old won't go to bed

    Ugh. So. My 2 year old would go to bed well at night. Maybe come out twice but that was it. But now. Wow the tantrums to go to bed is just out of control. I've tried when she comes out just putting her back but even after 10 times still going nuts. It's. It until she wears herself down that she'll settle. She's still having a day sleep; about 2 hrs and goes down like a dream for this! I'm putting her to bed around 8 after story milk and teeth. It all started when my in laws were here for a few weeks and just escalated. Help please as it's making bed times awful

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    It sounds like she might not be tired enough. Could you try shortening her day nap?

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    We got our daughter a ladybird light that projects stars onto the roof. We let her turn it on and she lays there to watch them before she nods off. They automatically turn off after 40mins. We got it from bunnings.

    Also, it could be the age. Our daughter used to be a dream and then tantrums started until we started with the ladybird light.

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    My DD went through something similar at that age. Unfortunately we ended up having to do the walk back to bed over and over (and over and over) again. First night was about 2 hours of doing it but it did get better and eventually she just got to a point where she would come out once and then go back down happily.

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    I vaguely remember one of my kids doing something similar at that age and it ended up just a 2 week phase of them pushing the boundaries. We did what you are doing and persisted and they seemed to give up. With DD, she had to drop her day nap at 2 so that she would go to bed at 7/7:30pm. Otherwise she wasn't tired enough until after 9pm and I wasn't having any of that! Good luck working it out OP

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    We're going through this a little with DS. He's 2 1/4.
    I've found that verbalising the plan helps.
    "DS, after dinner it's bath time. Daddy will give you a bath. After bath it's jamas, bed and book. Ok?"
    And he says yes.
    After each step we repeat what's coming next.
    There's a bit of resistance when I first mention the plan.
    But once we get to bed and book, his resistance is lowered. He gets in his cot, we read green sheep and then one shorter book and we say "goodnight DS, love you" and walk out and turn off the light.
    I'm not sure how this would go in a bed he can get out of easily though.

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    What time is she waking up after her nap? I think the rule I used was not to sleep after 3pm otherwise bedtime wouldn't happen until very late.


 

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