Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bedtime Battles

Bedtime need not be battle time for toddlers and their parents. By following some of the following tips, you may be able to establish a peaceful bedtime routine.

Give your child a warning about half an hour before time to put away the toys and start getting ready for bed. Bedtime will not catch them by surprise.
Avoid rough and tumble play just before bedtime. This tends to stir your toddler up so that she is not ready to relax and sleep.

Determine a calming routine that will work for you and your toddler. It may include brushing teeth, washing face and hands, putting on jammies, and reading a story in bed. Be consistent so that your toddler knows what to expect.

If your toddler is afraid of the dark, leave on a night light.
Should your toddler call to you repeatedly (for water or to go to the bathroom), remind her that it is time to go to sleep and you will see her in the morning. Should she get out of bed, calmly put her back to bed and tell her that she needs to stay there. You may need to repeat these procedures several times before she realizes that you mean what you say.

-Kids R Kids International