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Need help with my 2 yo dd please help

My question is how do you deal with a 2 yo who wont go to sleep for nap or bed time?

My 2 yo dd has been giving me and dh a very hard time to the point where last night she wouldn't go to bed till almost 11 at night. She has a very good schedule and doesn't eat anything sweet or sugary before bed and always gets something for a snack before bed. We relax and have a good routine before bed.

Lately nothing we do is helping we have tried everything from taking toys away, music that she listens to while she is going to sleep, everything taken away. Then we tried timeout, ignoring her ( she doesn't cry she just tries to get out of bed and keep her eyes open ), taking her out of bed and us putting her in bed, Ive waited in there with her, tried to explain why she needs to sleep,  having her put her toys/ stuffed animals out of the room and getting in bed and a couple other things.

We are just getting so frustrated and don't know what to do can anyone help us or have any other ideas. Thank you ahead of time for any ideas or thoughts.

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Asked by mommyof0210 at 12:13 AM on Apr. 25, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Keep her busy. She needs to burn off energy to sleep. Don't let her nap during the day. Put a fan on high in her room (facing away she might like the noise,,it's what we do in our fam & its always worked). Make sure there's no light and don't give her anything w/caffeine during the day..and no candy or juice..stuff w/sugar.

    Answer by Mrs_Doll at 12:24 AM on Apr. 25, 2011

  • Keep her on a strict routine...If she falls asleep late, don't let her sleep in. That will have her tired for a nap in the afternoon. Make it a short nap, so she will be tired for bed. We put sound machines in our kids' rooms to help them sleep, because my DD is the same way.

    Answer by laird6372 at 12:44 AM on Apr. 25, 2011

  • What time does she wake up in the morning? Maybe you should get her up a little earlier. Cut out naps. Is something bothering her or maybe she is afraid of the dark. Try a night light and see what happens. It's not uncommon.

    Answer by amessageofhope at 1:09 AM on Apr. 25, 2011

  • When our LO did this between 2-3 what we found best was put her down with her typical routine (a story, kiss, hug, "good-night"). When she'd get up we'd pick her up, not saying a word and place her back in bed. There were nights I literally did this 10 times in the course of an hour and a half but, guess what? She didn't do it for long and she doesn't do it anymore.

    Answer by Sparklecoon at 1:34 AM on Apr. 25, 2011

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