Never again snatch away a two year old favorite toy before bed. Why? Because she will wake up multiple times during the night, cries her eyes out and won’t settle down until she gets it back.
CC was still awake playing with her new favorite toy, a baby doll, at 10pm last night. We all had to wake up early, especially me to prepare lunch and make dinner for today, so I asked her nicely to put away her toy and go to sleep. Usually she would just lay down and hold the baby to sleep without any hesitation but last night she shook her head. I repeated a few times that it was time for bed until I lost my patience. I had warned her if she doesn’t go to sleep I would take away her toy and I did. Of course she burst out in tears right away. I just ignored her and let her cry to sleep which she did after 20 minutes or so. I thought she would sleep through the night as usual but nope, she woke up sometimes between 2 and 4 am ten times at most asking for her doll back in tears. I knew that she would ask for it when she wakes up in the morning so I placed it right next to her after she had fallen asleep. I think the only thing she had remembered was that I took her toy away, hence she asked for it every single time she woke up during the night and won’t go back to sleep until she held it tightly in her arms.
Never entreat a crying toddler to go back to sleep during the night because she will cry even louder.
The last time she woke up during the night was around 4am last night. Although she had gotten her toy back, instead going back to sleep peacefully, she continued to cry as if it was unfair to her so she must torture her parent’s ears. I almost begged her to stop crying and go back to sleep for the last time but nope, I didn’t. I was sleepy, exhausted, and my back was aching. I had enough of her whiny cries so I yelled at her instead asking her politely as I did many times prior. She cried louder but stopped eventually! She went back to sleep soundly right after that and didn’t wake up until almost 8am.