Kristen Bell Shares A 'Controversial' Trick To Putting Her Toddler To Sleep

By Hayden Brooks

March 26, 2018

Kristen Bell has discovered a trick to putting her 3-year-old daughter Delta to sleep and it's one that she doesn't mind sharing despite the controversial nature of the secret. 

"Look, I'll get controversial," the actress said on the red carpet premiere of her new IMAX doc Pandas via Parade. "My 3-year-old decided to stop sleeping about nine months ago. And every night, when we put her to bed, she turns the lights on, which annoys the 4-year-old [Lincoln], and she will move furniture, and she bangs on the door with different, hard toys. We switched the door knob. We turned the lock on the outside."

Elsewhere in her interview at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Bell admitted that the idea might not be fully digestible for all parents, but it works for her and her husband Dax Shepard. "I'm sorry, I know that's controversial, but we lock it when she gets in there, and we stand outside and say, 'We love you, we will talk to you in the morning, but now, it's time for sleep,'" she explained. "And after about 10 minutes, she'll wind herself down. And then, before we go to bed, obviously, we unlock it." 

Bell also has the backing of Parents advisor Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., associate director of the Sleep Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who explained that that allowing a child the "chance to work it out for himself and see if he falls back to sleep without your help" could prevent creating a "sleep monster" and no one wants that. 

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