The idea of putting your toddler to bed without a fight might sound like a distant dream. Why? Well, because when kids enter the toddlerhood arena, it seems like the bedtime battles take a wicked turn for the worst. But it doesn’t have to. Here’s how to overcome the bedtime issues you’ve been having with your toddler.
Tips for putting your toddler to bed
1. Start the bedtime routine a little earlier
Keeping your kid up late will not, we repeat, WILL NOT exhaust them. It WILL NOT help them fall asleep more easily. And it WILL ABSOLUTELY NOT make sleep training an easier task. It will have the reverse effect. And it will make your life a living hell. Please don’t go there. It’s a dark abyss from which you might never return. You see, a toddler that’s up at 9 p.m. is up late functioning in overdrive, which is indicated by hyperactivity. When you put your toddler to bed earlier, you’re doing it for the sake of his or her blood pressure, heart rate, and release of cortisol, which are all positively affected by an earlier bedtime.
2. Dim the lights
Your toddler needs some help winding down before he or she is ready to head off to dreamland. Strat decreasing their exposure to light about an hour before the need to go to bed since it helps prime the internal sleep clock for bedtime. Your kiddo doesn’t need complete darkness to fall asleep. You can leave a small nightlight or projector light on in his or her room if they’re scared of the dark.
3. Tone down
You want to create a positive sleep environment for your toddler, which includes keeping things quiet around the house. Some kids are more sensitive to others when it comes to noise at night. Sadly, for some families, this means tiptoeing around the house a few hours after your little one has dozed off. You can try desensitising your kid by using some relaxing background noises in their room like white noise or soft relaxing music if this is your problem.
4. Stick to the routine
Your toddler needs a routine and consistency to feel secure. Without a consistent bedtime routine, the whole deal can become an emotional and unpredictable experience for everyone involved. When you stick to a routine, the convenience and stability of the routine is a touchstone for the day.