Kiss her goodnight and tell her you will see her in the morning. If she plays in her crib, take all stuffed animals away. If she isn't in a crib, take all toys and books out of her room - leave her with just a bed if possible. If she screams and cries, try to remember that she is throwing a fit. She is angry with you. What are you going to do? Give in? Or tell her that you are the parent and you make the rules? She isn't a tiny baby. She is a toddler who knows very well that screaming will get her what she wants.
Do not limit naps or try to get her overtired so she will sleep better. This is an old-wives-tale and while it sounds logical, it actually works against her basic biology. An overtired toddler will have a harder time falling asleep, will wake more easily in the night, and won't sleep as deeply.
at 12:25 PM on Dec. 17, 2008