How do I get out of my two-and-a-half year old's room during bedtime?
Seriously. He won't let me leave. He insists I sit there with him and pat him on the back until he falls asleep. I actually had him trained for a few days where he said goodnight and I left, but now that's gone away. Any help?
My daughter was difficult at that age. In the end, I would pull up a chair next to her bed, hold a book for me to read in one hand, and use my other hand to hold hers. Usually she would drift off to sleep within 15-20 minutes. Over time, the process's duration started decreasing and eventually was no longer necessary.
Good luck to you. My daughter went from being a horrible sleeper to a master by the time she was three, so rest assured that it will get better.
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I know when this is going on, it feels like you will be patting him on the back when he is 18. But it will pass.
Make sure he is not getting anything with sugar in the evenings--it makes is so hard for them to fall asleep.
So take your time and pat his little back until he falls asleep. He needs and wants that security so fulfill it--it will pass, and you will look back and realize it was no big deal in the greater scheme of things.
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Give him his favourite teddy or book..tell him you need the bathroom and that you will be back..leave him but go back after a while..repeat the process making sure your absences are longer each time in the end he will drop off to sleep !! after a few nights you will need less visits to the bathroom.....good luck !!
Have you ever tried music - a CD with his favorite lullaby to lull him to sleep.
Try reading him at least 2 books every night. It will calm him dowm. Read it in a way that you think will put him to sleep-very softly and a bit slower than usual. Encourage him to lie dowm and listen to the story. It works perfectly for me. My little one usually falls asleep before the second book. Try it.
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