We moved our daughter to a toddler bed from her crib about a month ago. She was @30 months at the time. Anyway, she has always taken around 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to fall asleep and would play in her crib or ask us for water, food, etc. Now that she is "free" she is having a hard time staying in her bed. Rachel wants to run go potty 2-3 times and often she goes so we don't want to say no. Her routine is bath or 2nd dinner, go potty, put on PJs, brush teeth, read one book, say prayers and bed.
Now she wants a stuffed animal to sleep with her and then she talks or plays with it so she doesn't fall alseep. When we send to bed without one she'll talk to imaginary friends or ask for food saying she's hungry, or water. We know she's stalling. We'll try to do all those things before she goes to bed so we can tell her we've already done them. She is stubborn and if we don't bring her water, she doesn't just cry for awhile look most kids, she'll just keep on crying and asking for an hour or two. Or, she'll run out of her bed, we put her back, she runs out of her bed. We have even tried bribing her by saying we'll buy her a princess bed WHEN she learns how to sleep in her bed and stay there.
If she wakes up in the night, our daughter will come into our room and want to sleep with us. I haven't wanted to create this pattern so I take her back to her room and then the cycle starts again. By the time our daughter is asleep, I'm wide awake and not able to go back to sleep. Any and all ideas are welcome. Thanks! DH and I want some personal time back and sleep!