Both of my children have loved to sleep. My older son went to bed when he was told and stayed in bed until we got him out in the mornings. I thought my second son was going to be a little tougher but he reaches for the crib when it’s nap/bedtime.
When my younger son turned 4 something happened…he started hating bedtime. He would come out several times and make up excuses and my husband and I were lost because we hadn’t worked through this before in our short parenting lives.
Fast forward 6 months and he is back to sleeping no problem. My husband and I chalked it up to a phase, but after reading this post I discovered my son was overtired. He had just given up his afternoon nap but was still going to bed at the same time at night. We should have moved his bed time up a little so that he was not overtired through that transition period. Oh if only I had known.
Hopefully this can spare you some bed time struggles.