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Why is my 2 year old resisting to sleep? My little girl is 2 .5 years and is starting to resist sleep – she has a dummy, night light, and teddies, we do story time and songs but she cries at her door for half an hour to an hour… what do other mums suggest? Thanks!

Posted by anon, 19/08/13

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  • I have to cuddle my 2 ye r old to sleep


  • Its just the age that pushing boundaries starts to become really fun. Just be patient and keep to a routine.


  • Maybe reassure her that you will only be next door watching her if she needs you . Perhaps she maybe an insecure type that needs a parent in her room . I had problems with my first one . but my son was very independent and loved his toy elephant . If it keeps on happening seek advice from a childhood nurse as they were a great help when my kids were born .


  • Presuming there was no problem earlier, So maybe just testing out for attention. You are doing all right things. I taped my voice reading a story and gave my son the book in bed too so he could follow story, the sound of my voice seemed to help.. Awful when kids cry, so give it a try


  • I think its a phase they all go through. mine keeps coming out. he usually plays up when he has had a day sleep. he offer more milk and he goes back


  • yeah it is the age. they become aware that they also don’t have to go to sleep


  • Sounds like a pretty normal 2 & 1/2 year old! unfortunately this is how they roll!


  • there are some good comments here


  • I find Miss 2 here needed to be worn out once she reached that age – more than before. Very difficult, I know. I agree with slight extension of bedtime too. It’s a stage – good luck :)


  • You could postpone bedtime perhaps? Little people go through different stages as they grow


  • How is she going now?


  • How did you go? :)


  • We went through a stage where we just let her cry and she would go to sleep and then she stopped doing it.


  • i hope all went well


  • Hope you have had some success with the advice below.


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