Children have endless energy in them. Especially the one’s between the ages of 2 and 4. While this may be cute to see them playing around and having fun but it can turn into a situation that is entirely not comfortable for you when they decide to be full of energy when you’re trying to put them to bed.
The just won’t get some shut-eye.
What’s worse is that now they are past the age of being restricted to a cot, it is very hard to keep them contained. So what do you do?
Don’t worry, I have had this experience as well. And I am writing this blog to let you all know of what has worked for me. Let’s take a look at those tips.
All of us go to work and have a morning routine of waking up, showering, breakfast and off we go to work. It’s synched into our system. Similarly, it’s very good to get a routine going for your child at an early age.
What this would do is that it will get them ready and they would know that it’s time for sleep.
What do you do?
Well, you can start by getting them away from the lights, bringing them upstairs and if you can, add bath in between before changing them into their pajamas. This routine will help to get them in a relaxed state and hopefully help to put them to sleep much quicker.
It’s important that before you get into the routine that puts your child to sleep, you actually set up the atmosphere for it. Your aim is to lighten up the mood and make the room as welcoming as possible so your toddler feels at home.
What you can do is play music, have the bed set up with their favorite blanket and have the cuddly toys they like.
This way, they will resist getting up as they would be at home and won’t want to leave the bed while you put them to sleep.
Rewards have worked for all mankind. And it will work for your child too.
You can play a game with them. If they stay in bed till the morning, they will get their favorite toy, food or anything that they would be willing to stay in bed for.
All you have to do is find that one thing.
P.S I have found that, stickers make toddlers excited.
You toddlers are smart. They know that if they don’t stay in bed and will get extra attention if they continue to make trouble, they will continue doing it.
It’s a trap. Sound the alarm. Bail out.
The best way to deal with this is to simply tuck them back in bed and leave. The more attention you give them, the more trouble they will cause. So the best choice you have to is not engage with them.
You children like to have a fun time, I know, mine do too but their endless energy can be a troubling for you when they are not going to bed. I have found that these tips work for me. Hopefully, they work for you too.
If you have any other ways to deal with toddlers who don’t go to bed, share them down below.
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