get her to sleep / put her to bed

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Chinese - Mandarin

In a question at should I do if my daughter won't sleep in her crib?), "jdrollo" answered:

She did great until she was 11 months. She refused to sleep anywhere that was confined. For a while, the only way we could get her to sleep was to let her sleep on the floor of her play area in the den.

1. the only way we could get her to sleep was...
2. the only way we could put her to bed was...

Are "get her to sleep" and "put her to bed" interchangeable here?

Thank you.
  • sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    No. "Putting a child to bed" is literal and the child might or might not go to sleep.

    My own children often got up after being put to bed and came down from the upstairs bedroom and asked me to read to them so they could go to sleep.:)
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