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10 Ways My Toddler Avoids Going To Sleep

goodnight graffitti

Goodnight already!!!

I remember before I had kids, we were at our friends’ house on a Saturday night. They had a 3-year-old girl. She was asking for thing after thing after thing, calling out “Mommy” then “Daddy” (when Mommy was over it).

I know I thought that somehow, this was the parents’ fault, and that I would never end up in this situation.

It’s funny the things you think before you are a parent, right?

It’s 9:22pm. My 3-year-old just fell asleep. We’d been trying to get him down since…I dunno…8pm?

We did everything short of lock him in his room (which we’re not above, by the way).

Tell me if you’ve heard any of these tried and true toddler excuses to get out of bed:


  • Okay, I’ll go to bed. Right after these planes take-off. 1 of 10
    Okay, I'll go to bed. Right after these planes take-off.
    "Fine."
    "And then they have to land."
    "Right. But that's it."
  • One more book! 2 of 10
    One more book!
    Who am I to discourage reading? Yes, we already read 5 books, but...
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Can I have some water? 3 of 10
    Can I have some water?
    Note to self: Don't forget water as part of bedtime routine.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • I spilled my water! 4 of 10
    I spilled my water!
    Note to self: Remember to remove water from his room before I turn out the lights and leave.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • I’m hungry! 5 of 10
    I'm hungry!
    "But you ate dinner."
    "But I'm hungry."
    "No more food."
    "BUT I'M HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!"
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • I need a band-aid! 6 of 10
    I need a band-aid!
    "Is there blood?"
    "No."
    "No Band-aid. Night-night."
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Where’s Brown Bear? 7 of 10
    Where's Brown Bear?
    Note to self: Remember to find teddy bear as part of bedtime routine.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • I’m not covered up!! 8 of 10
    I'm not covered up!!
    "Go to sleep!"
    "But my toe is showing!"
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • I have to go pee! 9 of 10
    I have to go pee!
    "Again?"
    "Yes. REALLY BAD."
    Note to self: Only 1 sip of water before bed.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • I forgot to say goodnight to Mommy! 10 of 10
    I forgot to say goodnight to Mommy!
    It's a good thing there are only two of us. The goodnight-kiss line would be much longer.
    Photo Credit: Flickr

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More by Naomi:
10 Toddler Obsessions
9 Ways Dieting While Parenting A Toddler Sucks
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