DS is just 3. He's lovely, except for the bedtime battles.
Every, single night he screams and screams and won't go to sleep.
It is horrendous. He's not ill, he has a routine. We've tried later bedtime, earlier bedtime, nap, short nap, no nap, fresh air and exercise before bed. Nothing works.
He has a bath, some warm milk and a couple of stories and he's happy until we leave the room then all hell breaks loose.
We are currently not going back up to him (unless he has had a poo or something that needs us) but I am on night three of listening to him scream and shout and bang toys on his bed and it is killing me.
He knows we are there. If things get really bad we go to his door and tell him we love him but it is time for sleep and we are not coming back in / reading another story / getting him a toy etc.
The screaming has been going on for 40 minutes so far and is likely to go on for another 2 hours. We have no down time and hearing him so upset is incredibly stressful. I am at my wits end. It's putting huge pressure on me and DH.
Wr got him a Dreamlight for Christmas and a little torch and he has a bit of light in his room. I thought the dreamlight would help, but no dice.
He is too young to understand the conversation about the importance of sleep. Start bed time about 30 minutes earlier so that he is not overtired. One person only to put him to bed - very low key and quiet.Two people is too much stimulation. Story CDs worked very well with mine at this age. They need to be long and soporific. Dreamlight might be too stimulating. He doesn't need a torch - it is something to keep him awake. Just dim lights and story tape. One person to sit quietly with him(in the room but but not interacting) for the first few nights, use the gradual withdrawal method.
Ours is a Julia Donaldson set but mine did also love the owl who was afraid of the dark. My 20 year old still repeats a line from it and finds it funny! Try the book people online though cos they have the Julia Donaldson really well priced. Don't know how much it is in amazon.