Me: It's bedtime.
Bailey: No, no, no. I won't sleep.
Me: Let's clean up.
Bailey: No, no, no. I'm not finished.
Me: Mommy will help you.
(I end up picking up all the toys while he stands there watching me)
Bailey: (kicking and screaming as I pick him up) No! No!
That used to be the scene around here come 7:30. Bedtime battles and boy did Bailey fight hard!! It wore us both out and led to a lot of crying and screaming. Not really the best scenario for a good night's sleep.
Then, I re-discovered a lullaby CD that I used to use when Bailey was a baby to help him learn to fall asleep by himself. The CD runs about 30 minutes, so I pop it in after baths while Sophie is having her last bottle of the day and Bailey plays or reads. (I also turn the lights down to add to that sleepy feeling.)
It took about a week for Bailey to catch on, but now he knows when the CD is over, it is time for bed. He evens starts to pick up his toys when the last song starts. Sophie also seems to go to sleep easier and more quickly.
Now, head on over to Shannon's for more great tips!