Posted by: kermie | 2009/02/12


cannot get daughter to bed

please help i feel as though i am losing it!! My daughter is 2 and a half and will not go to sleep at night whether it is at 730 or 9pm - it is always a battle and she cries and kicks and screams and you have to lie with her and tickle her or it is worse. She never used to be this bad. Some people tell us to let her fall asleep in front of the TV but not even that is working anymore. Dont want to get cross with her but after a long day at work etc it is so frustrating
What can i do?

Expert's Reply



Make sure that the house is peaceful and quiet at bedtime with no loud TV or music playing.Put her to bed by 8pm and lie next to her and read to her.The story should not be too exciting, but still keep her interested. She should fall asleep while you are reading to her. If she does'nt just kiss her goognight, switch off the light and leave the room.If she climbs out of bed put her back to bed immediately. Keep calm and don't get cross with her,difficult as this may be.Eventually she will become familiar with this routine and will go to sleep easily.

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