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My 18 month old daughter was being quite fussy at bedtime and was downright refusing to lay in her cot and go to sleep. I stuck to our routine of laying her down, turning on her glow in the dark seahorse, handing her the favourite blanket and walking out with a simple “good night baby girl”. She grizzled for a few minutes but then went quiet for 20 minutes. I thought it was a good time to make a cup of tea… I should have waited longer. Once the kettle was boiled, I hear a little voice saying “mum, mum, mum”. I go into her room and she is standing in her cot. She sees me, says “poo” and screws up her nose, waving her hand under her nose. She has only just started doing this when she poos in her nappy, so I went over and did a quick sniff test.but there was nothing to smell. So I lifted the side if her nappy to take a peek. Still nothing. I look at my daughters face and she has a large smile and a cheeky glint in her eye. She hadn’t pooped, she just wanted some more mummy time. If this is what my 18 month old daughter does now, what do I have to look forward to as she grows up.


Posted by mothergoose, 31st March 2013


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  • Is your daughter actually tired when you put her in her cot? I don’t know what time you put her down, would trying a little later be more successful. Does your daughter hear the kettle boil? Maybe close her door until you think she has gone to sleep or if there is another door between where you make your tea and her bedroom close it.
    How long does she sleep during the day? Does she get up late afternoon? If that is the case you could try either putting her down earlier then or waking her earlier from her afternoon sleep.

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  • Hahaha, what a sneaky little imp. And so young to be so sneaky! Or you could look at it as her being clever, and she is being very clever :)

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  • Just a little bit sneaky. But how lovely that she just wanted to spend more time with mum!?

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  • Sounds like she’s a little cutie!

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  • She’s testing the boundaries in any way that she can. It doesn’t necessarily mean that she will cause you problems when she gets older.

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