Need some advice on my 3 year old DD. I am pretty much at my witt's end when it comes to bedtime. L's bedtime is 8:15 when we start getting ready with pajamas, teethbrushing/hairbrushing, story, special hide under the blanket game, hiding from DSp's kisses, then a song in the rocking chair. 8:30 by the time she gets in bed. After that, is when she will call one of us (usually me) in there over and over for this or that. Some nights she will keep at it for up until 11:30, over 20 times. I know I need to put a stop to it and every time I go in there it is only reinforcing the behavior, but sometimes her crying really sounds like it it breaking her heart that mommy and daddy won't come in there and help her with whatever is that she is "needing." I have tried talking to her before we leave the room that we aren't going to come in there, I've tried mild scolding after the 5th or so time, when I have had it for the night. It is always something else once I leave. Everything she has to have before going to sleep is also a little extreme. She has to have a sippy cup of water, her blankie to hold underneath her, her blanket to cover up with, the fan on, a flashlight (even though she has a nightlight and a Twilight Turtle), and I added a sound machine because she is so sensitive to noise and started waking up *extremely* early because of the dogs getting up and walking around or needing to go out a little early. (Thank goodness I was able to cut out needing the toilet paper/tissues, where she would rip or wad them up and need new ones.) I just don't think I can take any longer. I've read that it might help to have a token of some sort where she can turn in her token for one last request, and I think I'm going to sit down with her tomorrow and start implementing that, taking out the flashlight and sippy cup.
Has anyone had this problem and have some advice???