My 2 1/2 year old will not go to bed on his own we have tried everything from staying with him to allowing him to scream he used to go down easy now every night he gets up or there is a screaming match for hours before he tires and falls asleep what can we do my husband and i are at our wits end it has been going on for months!!!
Have you checked out the huggies site for information on “camping out” or sitting beside the toddler’s bed until they are calm and about to go to sleep but aren’t fully asleep?
This can be very effective, especially if the parents move the chair closer to the door or even position the chair in the doorway and quietly read a book and give the child gentle but firm verbal direction to “put your head on the pillow, go to sleep now”. Try not to escalate in your own emotions when he’s upset, toddlers are keen on parental control and if he sees you getting upset as a result of his behaviour then he’s likely to keep doing it.
Another option may be enrolling in a Triple P toddler management course, but perhaps at 2.5 years he’s still a little young. Do check out the toddler behaviour information on the site.