Our bedtime problem here is multi-faceted. DD (4.5) had always been a great sleeper, up until this past summer. Now it takes HOURS for her to get settled. If I'm not in the living room where I have a sight line to her room, she's up and playing in her room, and will even go into our room or the bathroom and play. But if I'm in the living room I think it's almost too stimulating for her to know I'm there (and I can't watch TV or do anything noise-making), whereas this time last year I would go in the kitchen or do laundry or anything and she would be out like a light. I just went into her room and took several books and toys out of her bed after I had thought she was asleep. She was wide awake.
I don't know what to do. I'm tempted to strip her room of everything, but I have nowhere to put this stuff! I just need my evenings back, and I also need to be able to go to sleep myself without worrying that she's roaming the house. Should I try a gate and an empty room? She seriously won't go to sleep some nights until 11pm.
She's usually up around 9am and does.not.take.naps. Today she did, but only because she had to get up at 7:30am with DH to drop me off at work.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, as I'm at a loss and just keep yelling.