Why does my kid throw a tantrum when I put her in her crib for bedtime? Her bedtime was 7 or 7:30 for the longest time and it was working. Suddenly, every night when I would put her down for the night she started throwing a fit. So I thought maybe she wasn't sleepy enough, so we moved her bedtime to later, 8ish. Same deal. And I KNOW, without question, that she was tired and sleepy!
Tonight, we tried a little later still. So at 8pm we gave her a bath, had her naked playtime, got her dressed in her jammies, rocked her while reading a book. She handed me her sippy of warm milk (used to be her signal she was done and ready for bed) and then I put her in the crib and she instantly went into tantrum mode. It doesn't last long if I leave the room (2 or 3 minutes max), but she's been in there rolling around still awake! What gives? I know she is sleepy!
I should clarify that I don't just leave her in there to scream. The fit is short and is usually over by the time I walk down the hall to the kitchen. If she sounds distressed (as opposed to just mad that I put her in the crib) then I'll get her, or if she doesn't settle down quickly I'll get her. I think maybe my original post came across like I'm some coldhearted person who just dumps my kid in the crib and leaves. That is not the case. But I guess I'm doing something wrong since it seems I'm the only one with a nighttime sleep issue and this has been going on for about a month now.