My daughter is 3 years old. She has always had a bit of trouble sleeping; she will nap during the daytime because it is sunny out still. But for bed time, as it's dark, she puts the two together and won't sleep.
Everything was going well, but she got an ear infection and it all went out the window. She's not been sick for 2-3 weeks now, but it's still hell. Because she doesn't sleep, it makes her dad and me fight (which is obviously a huge stressor for her, which I get.)
She won't nap or sleep now. Our routine before was to wake her up at 7:30-8:00, but now I can wake her up at 6, keep her active all day inside and outside, yet she will still fight nonstop. I have a schedule for her but as soon as she catches on, it's over. I have to stick to the schedule throughout the day but even if I do we're at a loss.
I don't know if I should see a doctor or what. It does suck because we live in an apartment. When we didn't I would put her in her room when it was time for bed and let her scream and yell by herself but I can't do that with our neighbours. There's got to be something you guys are not saying to get them to sleep, lol.
For the past couple of days I finally got her to sleep with the TV on, but that only lasted for two days. I've done the schedule, the reading, the phone, the TV, the sleep animals, the bath, the lavender lotion, the hot milk, etc.
The irritating part of it is that after everything is said and done, she won't let herself relax. As soon as she says she's tired and she feels it, she gets completely restless. For example last night she was so tired, she fell asleep telling me what snack she wanted after hours upon hours of trying to get her to sleep.
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