I have three little ones and have dealt with this with my two oldest, who are now 3 1/2 years and 2 years old! With my oldest, we put one of my husband's dirty work shirts in the bed with her. She didn't want to go to bed because she just wanted "loves" from daddy. So when she went to bed, his smell was there and as silly as it sounds, it worked.
With my two year old, she didn't want to go to bed because she was learning new things - like walking and was very excited about it. So for thirty minutes before bed, everynight, we walked her around the house - it made her so tired, she went to bed.
The biggest issue is trying to figure out why your little one doesn't want to sleep and then resolve the issue that way.
at 1:43 PM on Jul. 8, 2009