I haven't ever enforced a bed time with DD. I have always just taken her to bed when she told me she was tired. This has always worked with her usually wanting to go to bed between 8:30-9:00. Well now I am at a point where she will want to go to bed at 10/11 pm then lay there in bed and play another hour and I am just too exhausted the next day. I am not getting enough sleep and it is making me sick. Is there a way I can work her into a set bedtime without much trauma? Last night she was laying in her bed, it is attached to ours, and she wouldn't settle down and sleep. She kept kicking me, rattling her leg on the bars of her bed, talking to me, bouncing up and down. I finally told her if she didn't lay down and sleep she had to go in the hall. She agreed to this and DH set her down in the hall. She ended up freaking out and crying about being in the hall (lights were on). She finally calmed down and laid down and went right to sleep. This was after an HOUR of me fighting with her to go to sleep. DH goes to bed before me because he wakes up at 3 am so I can't have him put her to bed and she ends up waking him up fighting me about going to sleep. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?
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12/8/06 at 3:59pm