10 More Reasons Your Toddler Won’t Go To Sleep

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While there are usually 10 essential reasons your toddler won’t go to sleep, there are, of course, the branch offs. A toddler who is evading exhaustion will find a world of excuses for why he or she can’t go to bed on their own. It’s amazing what will suddenly become a priority at 8:00 p.m. after teeth are brushed.

1. Because this pillow is a spaceship, mommy

toddler in bed 1

(photo: Lara Lootles)

2. Because all these blocks suddenly need to go in here

toddler blocks

(photo:  adamwolkenhaue)

3. Because I need to finish counting these cheerios

toddler cheerios

(photo:  adamwolkenhauer)

4. Because I want to sleep here tonight

toddler shelf

(photo:  tassinari)

5. Because I need to wash this. Right now.

toddler washing dish

(photo:  meyerweb)

6. Because this is what’s happening right now

toddlers plastic box

(photo:  Josh Hartman)

7. Because I stole your hair brush

baby hair brush

(photo:  VioletMuse)

8. Because I’m being Buzz Lightyear right now

buzz lightyear toddler

(photo: drjeeeol)

9. Because my “doggy” needs to be fed

toddler stuffed dog

(photo: Rob, Joyce, Alex & Nova)

10. Because it’s raining

toddler window

(photo:  Bergolli)


  1. Annie

    September 12, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Once when I was a toddler, I crawled into the cabinet under the sink and fell asleep. My parents thought I were kidnapped.

    My future children are being tethered to unmovable furniture.

  2. Valeri Jones

    September 12, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I don’t have this problem – yet. I have a toddler who cherishes his nap and bed times just like his mommy. For now. Ask me again when the new baby gets here and we will see how that changes.

    But all of these things apply to the list of reasons why my almost-2-year-old can’t possibly take a minute to throw away the empty applesauce or juice packet that he just sucked down and threw at ME.

    I am Mommy. Garbage collecting machine.

  3. Edify

    September 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    My 3yo has told me she can’t sleep because her finger nails are growing.

    • Annie

      September 13, 2013 at 12:54 am

      “I can hear them… The horror… The horror…”

  4. Muggle

    September 13, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Fuck me, I’m 21 and can’t sleep when it’s raining outside.

    • Sundaydrive00

      September 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      I don’t want to do anything but sleep when its raining out. Its 1pm and raining? Good night world!

    • Muggle

      September 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      I’m super-paranoid during rainstorms thanks to my thunderstorm phobia. 🙁 I’ll just be inside doing my thing on a rainy afternoon, then BAM. Lightning, out of fucking nowhere.


  5. Smiley McGinnis

    September 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm

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