Well, she will be 3 in a few weeks so I am rounding.
My DD has never been a great sleeper--horrible for the first year and still wakes 1-2 times per night but is easily put back to sleep with a quick snuggle. We start our bedtime routine at 7:15 with a bath, then snack, 10mins of her favorite TV show, books and then we lay with her for a bit and talk or rub her back. We are out of her room by 8.
A month or so ago, she started this annoying stalling thing. She would call us back into her room for a million excuses until we finally laid down the law and said no more. She stopped. This past week, a friend gave me their old video monitor and I had plans to put it in my 7month olds room but my DH and I thought it would be funny to put it in my 3YO's room to see what she does in there. Well, we were saddened to see that it takes her over an hour to put herself to bed at night. She tosses and turns and rolls and just lays there with her eyes open until after 9 every night. She has to get up for the day at 6:15 so this is just not enough sleep for her. She does seem overtired some days.
I read Sleepless in America and am a believer in kids getting enough sleep so this concerns me. We are going to cut out the TV but does anyone have any suggestions on how to get to sleep quicker? I feel horrible that she is in there struggling to sleep.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how we can calm her? Our nights are hectic because we don't get home until 5:30 but there isn't anything that I can do about that.
Thanks in advance for your help.