Toddler Battle before bedtime
A toddler needs 11 to 13 hours of sleep. And that includes the nap time. Keeping up to these hours is very important for the child’s health. Enough sleep influences the growth and development boosts the immune system and helps in maintaining concentration.But, putting the toddler to bed can be a real struggle. Now when they speak and understand, they will say anything to put off bedtime. “No, mommy I’m not tired! Can we read another book now? No, I wanna play! No, I want to watch cartoons!” So, how do we deal with this kind of situations without hurting the child’s feelings?
Toddlers don’t want to look over
Some children just say no to everything. Bedtime? No way! They don’t even want to hear about it. But there is a trick to put the child to bed without arguing. How? Reverse psychology, simple as that. You make the child believe it is his idea to go to bed and sleep. So how do we do this? We let them choose pajamas, books to read, toys to sleep with and sheets for the bed. Prepare the magical land of dreams. Talk about exciting dreams during the day will make the toddler want to go to bed and dream all kinds of interesting animals and princesses and lands where the toys games are infinite. But make sure to start these conversations earlier and not right before bedtime, so that the child get used to the idea and feels even excited about it.
Toddlers don’t want to miss a thing
Some children think that their mommy and daddy play with their toys and watch cartoons all night long, while they are stuck in bed and sleep. So how do we change this? We make sure the child doesn’t think that way. We make sure that the toddler sees everyone in the house is preparing to sleep at the same time. End the day with a warm bath and nice conversations about plans for when we all wake up. And make sure the child knows that you’re not having fun without them.
The toddler miss you
Some children don’t want to sleep alone. They miss you and maybe they’re scared. They’re not playing games. They just want you to stay next to them while they sleep. So make they feel safe. Make extra time for snuggling and kissing. Tell the toddler you will be in the room next door and you will hear if it needs you. If the child needs you, you can stay until it falls asleep. It won’t take her more time when she feels safe and knows you’re around. It’s better than leaving her and then return five times after because she is afraid and can’t fall asleep.
And the most obvious thing, the child will fall asleep easier if it is tired. A well spent day at the playground with lots of fun and games is the best thing to do to get tired. So, take the child out after the afternoon nap. Go to the park where both the child and you will have interesting things to do. You can play together but use more active games. Recreation will do good for the toddler and for you also. Take one hour of the day for some running and playing outdoor games. So when bedtime comes, the child will fall asleep easily and with no hesitation.