We went through a phase for a while where we’d put the kids to bed and they’d get up several times before falling asleep, needing to go potty or have a drink or tell us something – typical stall tactics. I’ve been able to reign this in quite a bit recently, and it’s now not unusual for them to stay in bed once put down (Hayden is particularly fantastic at this anymore – although he does take try it on with John pretty regularly). One thing that has helped with Layla is my monster and dinosaur spray. Every night for the last couple of months I have “sprayed” all around her bed with my two sprays. Even though we can’t see the spray, it has kept all the monsters and dinosaurs away while she is sleeping. Every night we spray (sometimes she has to come out of her room to tell me I forgot to spray!), and every night while I’m spraying she asks me if it will “last all day night”.
Another silly thing we are doing is pretending the food that she hasn’t eaten wants to go into her belly to see its friends who she has already eaten. She’ll be eating, say, cereal and leave half a bowl. I’ll scoop up some on a spoon and put on a funny voice to ask her to please let me in so I can go see my friend/mommy/daddy/sister/brother/cousin. Today she was even having me give each spoonful a name (rejecting most of the names until I got to the ones she liked). It can certainly slow down a meal, but it’s worth it to know she’s had a good amount of food, and over time it seems to have gotten her to start off eating a good amount on her own before I have to do the show.