A: First of all, some children do cry every night at bedtime, no matter what. It’s almost as if it’s their last gasp before conking out for the night. However, 15 to 30 minutes of crying seems like a long time for it to be just a final protest. First of all, she may be going to bed too late. If your little one is overtired, she is going to have a hard time settling down. So be sure that she is going to bed early, possibly even as early as 7:00. Second, be sure that you are totally consistent in how you respond to her crying every night. If sometimes you go in and calm her down, it can prolong the protesting. So it’s best to give a hug and kiss good night, and let her know that you’ll see her in the morning.