A 2 1/2 yr. old who won't sleep... HELP!!
She is sleeping in a "big girl" bed and has been for 6 mts. It seems for the past 2 months it's a non stop headache to put her to bed and for her to stay in her bed. I have tried almost everything. From walking her back n forth. Putting a gate up, or just letting her cry it out. She seems to fight with me for up to 2-3 hrs in the afternoon and evening hours. I don't want to lock her in her room. However, most of our friends are doing it with their 2 1/2 year old. I am just so fed up with sleeping patterns being "her" way and not knowing what else to do. Since i now have a 5 month old, it's so hard to make sure she isn't crawling into something or crying while i am dealing with the older child's behavior.
It is to the point, she stays up late in her room. Wakes up in the middle of the night comes out and just cries. Wakes the whole house up. Then one of us lays down with her and she is up at the first site of sunlight. Then when we have things to do during the day, she is so tired, i can get nothing done! We go to play dates and she gets hurt b/c she is too tired or just cries for no reason... obviously from being too tired! I can't take any more sleepless nights. I am already getting up once with our 5 month old to nurse!
Is there anyone else out there who can help me or who has gone through this same event? I am trying so hard to be patient and take it with ease... but i am losing my mind at the same time!
Thanks so much for all suggestions!