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Sleep training, preschooler version

This preschooler is
too busy for sleep!
First off, wow. I'm now referring to Gracelyn, not as a toddler, but as a preschooler. YIKES!

Secondly, I feel like all I'm doing lately is wallowing in a pit of sleep troubles. Jemma is on the right track, at least for bedtime and nights. Gracelyn, on the other hand, is turning into a sleep-less monster.

We took Gracelyn's paci away a few weeks before her surgery this past fall. Yes, I know, that was a bit too late! We had our reasons. But now, part of me is tempted to give it back (well, maybe not). But when she had it, we NEVER had trouble with her going to sleep. We read books, gave her a paci, her blanket and kitty, and she was out. Maybe it had something to do with low hemoglobin levels, but whatever, it wasn't a battle every bedtime!

Now I'm not sure what to do. Ideas I've found online all involve bribing of sorts...rewards for going to bed. I don't think I like that idea, but I don't know what else to do. Another mom told me she took all her daughter's toys away, and then threatened to take away her bed. I'd hate to have to follow-through with that!

Last night, Gracelyn was in bed by 8:30. At 11, she was still awake. And I wanted to be asleep! Naps are another struggle. I'm tired of it.

What has worked for your preschoolers who fight a drawn-out bedtime battle?

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