Help! 2 year old refuses to go to sleep! — The Bump
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Help! 2 year old refuses to go to sleep!

My 2 1/2 year old refuses to go to bed. She screams hysterically to the point that she makes herself sick, despite being exhausted. Hours of fighting with her to fall asleep are then followed by her inevitably waking up 2-3 times a night also screaming. We’ve had a routine her whole life that now seems to not matter. I resorted to melatonin that helped a few days but has not solved the problem as I am told not to use it long term. 
We need help. My husband and I are exhausted. My 5 year old thinks we are crazy. And number 3 is on the way.... 

Re: Help! 2 year old refuses to go to sleep!

  • How long has this been going on?  My 2 year old recently did something similar for a couple of weeks and then went back to his normal sleep routine. I have no  idea what was going on with him, but it was exhausting. 
  • My little girl is the same way , honestly I just lay down with her at 9:30 pm and we watch Clifford every night until she falls asleep. Probably not the best thing to do but it works lol and we both get rest 
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  • Good to know I'm not alone.  My 2 year old is the same right now.  Crying it out results in her puking.  Same routine means nothing.  Lavender baths and creams do nothing. Watching some tv before bed slows her down but doesnt make her sleepy so no point in doing that.  Hoping it is just a phase...it always is...right????
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