No matter how tired or sleepy a toddler is, he finds enough energy to resist bedtime and throw toddler bedtime tantrums. The toddler finds any and every excuse to climb out of bed, especially when moved to his own bed; ask for just a few more minutes before sleeping; asking to sleep in mum and dad’s bed, or for their toys. This tantrum takes a lot of energy making the toddler cranky and leaving the parents exhausted. In addition if the toddler doesn’t get enough sleep, it will show the following day through his cranky behavior Establishing a toddler...
... bedtime routine is therefore essential, for both the toddler and the parents. For the toddler, this routine instills discipline, structure and ensures he gets as much sleep as he needs. For the parents, it gives them some time to relax and unwind, without having to chase after the toddler.
There’s only one place to start when instilling toddler bedtime routine, and that’s zeroing on a consistent routine. This routine has to be enforced daily regardless of the individual parent schedules. If bedtime is seven, the toddler should be ready in bed at that time. Making an exception early on in the routine leaves a gap open for tantrums. Gradually, the toddler also develops the habit of falling asleep at the stated time without too much fuss.
Make sure you take your toddler through all the pre-bedtime routines before the established bedtime. This includes the toddler brushing teeth routine, bathing, the pre bedtime glass of milk or water, a visit to the toilet before bed, the proper settings on the glow light, or a bedtime story. This will ensure your toddler doesn’t have an excuse to climb out of bed and delay bedtime.
One of the important pre bed time routines that all families should adopt is the pre bedtime soak in the tub. Let the toddler play in a warm bath for some time before bed. Throw in his water toys as well and sit in the bathroom for a relaxed chat with the toddler or to play games and sing. The bath is soothing and cleansing after a long day and it may help the toddler sleep off easily.
One of the biggest problems parents face is that toddlers don’t like being alone in their beds. Make their room and bed a warm and fun place. Today stores offer great theme beds and beddings. Choose from race car beds and princess themes; choose sheets and blankets with your toddler’s favorite cartoon or fairy tale characters; pick up interesting glow lights. Make bedtime something to look forward to and not something to escape.