Will not go to bed!

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Registered: 02-20-2007
Will not go to bed!
Wed, 07-14-2010 - 11:17am


I have never posted here, but I would really appreciate some advice.

My 2 yr old really almost 3 on Sat. DD will not go to bed at night. We are up after midnight some nights with her. She refuses to go to bed & is very strong willed.

We have tried a bed time schedule, putting her back to bed numerous times & love taps. lol You would think we are killing the girl at night b/c she just screams.
She shares a room with her big sister & the night light stays on.

We are tired & we both work.



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Registered: 02-26-2008
Wed, 07-14-2010 - 3:26pm

A couple of questions..

One- is there a way you can give her her own room so she isn't disturbing her older sister?

Two- What is your bedtime routine? I totally recommend the supernanny approach.

Start bedtime at 7:00. Allow her to take a long bath and burn leftover energy.

7:30, dressed for bed and ONE book with ONE lovey in bed.

if she gets up, 1st time take her back and say, "bedtime darling"
second time, say "bed"
third, fourth, fifth----20th just put her back in bed.

It can take a really long time...patience is key...at this point, she knows you'll give in because you always have...The first night will be hell...maybe you can even have your older daughter spend the night with grandma or something??? The biggest thing is not to scream or yell or even discipline her...just let her scream and keep to the routine. My DD was SAME way, and after a week, she had no problems at all. Hope this helps...


Sarah-busy mommy to Justin, Grace, Isabelle, Boyd, and expecting another miracle in August.
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Registered: 10-30-2007
Wed, 07-21-2010 - 2:47pm
Has she told you what the issue is? I know Logan's issues range from missing his dad, being afraid of shadows (we actually took OUT the night lights for this reason!), a strange noise, ect. You might be able to work with it if you can figure out different options for whatever the actual issue is.

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