Tips on bedtime with a Toddler!

United States
April 17, 2007 2:50am CST
Please help. I took us 3 hours last night and nearly 3 this time around as well. She lays in bed but doesn't close her eyes! Is she just not tired? Any tips would help! CJR
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@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
14 Jun 07
My daughter did the same thing just last night, she was talking to herself in bed & standing there doing her thing so i brought her back out, rechanged her bottom, let her sit on my lap for a little while & then i made her up a bottle & put her to bed, she barely got through 1/2 the bottle before she spat it out, put her dummy in her mouth & went to sleep. Maybe you could try letting her stay up for an extra hour or so, just let her sit with you & so on then put her to bed with a bottle or cup (depending on what you use) & she'll dose off! Good Luck!
@lafavorito (2964)
• Philippines
27 Apr 07
Seems that your toddler is learning how to fight her sleepy and tired eyes. Maybe it will help to give her a warm milk before her bedtime, read her a story, then turn off the lights and leave the room after 30 minutes no matter how hard she cries. It sounds harsh but she needs to re-learn her sleeping routine. My 2 year old son only needs to clean up and a bottle of milk before bedtime, he often falls asleep during the bedtime story or even if he's still awake the minute I turn off the lights he knows it's time to sleep and no matter how hard he cries I will not let him play again. I hope things will turn out good for your daughter.
• United States
17 Apr 07
She is sleepy but just fighting it. I have a 3 year old granddaughter that I babysit for 3 days a week and I have the same problem. I have found that if I start talking about a nap time around lunchtime you get her prepared that she is going to lay down. I always make the naptime the same time everyday * this is good for you also * and I don't have a television on or a radio while she is trying to go to sleep, I make sure that she does not get out of the bed and I always read her a bedtime story. Now don't get me wrong, I have had her not take a nap sometimes, just lay there with her eyes open saying "I am not sleepy grandma" but with a little pushing I can usually get an hour out of her, which is good since I usually am going for 3 hours, the same goes for the evening hours since I have her sometimes in the evening. I think your daughter was tired last night she just needed 3 hours to winddown from the day, must have been a good one for her. Good luck.