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new 2year old Bedtime rebelion

My 2 year old daughter (who still sleeps in a crib) has started rebeling at bedtime. We have had the same rutene since she was 10 months (with minor adjustments here and there). The biggest life change has been that she is potty training now and basically fully trained during the day. She used to settle down in the crib once we put her in their and would talk to her dolls. But now she screaming taking her diaper off, peeing etc. This will go on for about 2 hours. We will check on her every 30-40 mins and change as needed with no interaction. Any advise would be great

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:53 PM on Jul. 1, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Maybe it is time to switch up to a big girl bed. She may have grown out of this one and is feeling confined.

    Answer by MommasCooCoo at 2:00 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • I agree with the big girl bed! It may help you can talk about what a big girl she is now. Let her help pick out her new bed and bedding and make it exciting. Good Luck!

    Answer by klpeter at 2:32 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • She’s probably just testing the waters - what can she get away with, what rules will be enforced, which ones will you ignore, which ones can she break. She'll be doing this for the next 16 years. It's how she learns to be independent, self-reliant, and how your hair turns grey.

    Try letting her pick some of her bedtime things - which PJs to wear, which books to read. Also try setting a kitchen timer and telling her that when the timer goes off, it's bedtime. Then don't let her argue. If she yells and screams, let her. It's a tantrum just like a "buy me that candy" tantrum at the store. Deal with it in the same way.

    If you try a bed, make certain her room is baby proofed. If she likes to climb, make certain the furniture is bolted to the walls or floor - she will climb on it. Consider putting a latch on the outside of the door or a baby gate on her door to keep her in her room in the middle of the night.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:13 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • i agree with kaycee14, but to embelish i think it might also be about that time to move up to the big girl bed. make a big thing out of it though, let her be the big girl and pick out the sheets and stuff to go on "her bed" you dont have to go buy new ones.. just set out a couple at home and let her pick from the ones you already have. i would prep her for the big change though. talk about it make her excited, and because she's day trained she can now start to night train. if you have a port-a-potty you can leave it in her room so she can go potty at night.

    Answer by MrazikMommy at 5:55 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • We switched it tonight and she is sleeping in it for the first time! We went this morning and she picked out the sheets and pillow and potty for in her room. So far so good!!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:12 PM on Jul. 3, 2008

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