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How can i get my 2 year old to stay in bed after storytime? She will go through teeth brushing, story time and prayer just fine and happy but the minute we say to get into bed she's kicking and screaming i dont want to go to bed. We just lay her down, tell her we love and we walk out but at least 3 or 4 times she will get out of bed and come into our room so we are constantly putting her back in her own bed along with the crying and screaming of not wanting to go to sleep. please HELP!!!!

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Asked by proudmom121407 at 1:47 PM on Mar. 10, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I'd shorted the bedtime routine. its too long and winding her up instead of winding her down.

    short and sweet is what it should be.

    but just keep putting her back into her room, close the door, and walkaway. if she comes out DO NOT SAY ANYTHING - just take her hand and walk her back. then leave.


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:48 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • anon is right. keep putting her back. the screaming and your reaction is attention which is what she doesn't need. keep doing this and she'll figure it out.

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 1:58 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • it is so tough! i bet so many parents deal with this! for us we do a bath (most nights), brush teeth, jammies on, then we read in HIS bed. so i will sit on the floor on these 2 big pillows that we put there because i was scared he would fall out when he switched from the crib, but he only has twice, and we will read TWO books. we set up a gate so that he can go to our bedroom only in the middle of the night, so at bedtime we lock our bedroom door, and so he can only go out into the hall way and he will call "mommy mommy mommy" or "daddy daddy daddy". and we'll say, it's night night time and he'll say he wants covered up or a drink or anything to drag things out! you know how it is i'm sure.

    we usually allow him a drink & getting covered up a couple of times and i always say "night night, go to sleep now"

    it usually does take about half an hour for him to finally go to sleep.

    i think the previous posters are cont...

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:11 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • cont...

    making it sound a lot easier than it is. of course some kids will do really well. others will not!

    maybe it would help to have story time in her bed like we do, or maybe that is something that works for us and not for your child. but worth a shot if you think it might help.

    good luck!

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:12 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • i also don't think teeth-brushing, story, and prayer is a long bedtime routine. obviously the teeth-brushing is necessary and then just the 2 short things...?

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:12 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • sorry for multiple posts, i also think the don't say anything just put them back in bed would be better for older kids than 2. just my personal opinion but i don't think a 2 year old would understand that.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:14 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • thank you everyone for all your posts. It was all a great help and I appreciate you taking your time to answer me. Thanks again so much!!!

    Answer by proudmom121407 at 1:11 PM on Mar. 17, 2010

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