Make Sure Bedtime is Happening at the Right Time
Mirakilane.com says: “That’s right – your toddler may be fighting bedtime simply because it’s happening at the wrong time. This may be the most-overlooked reason for toddler bedtime drama, in my experience. Specifically, I find that my clients tend to try to put their toddlers to bed too early.
Remember, older toddlers (2+) need about 6 hours (or more) of afternoon awake time, between when they wake from their nap and bedtime. So if your toddler is up from her nap at 3:30, then pushing a 7 p.m. bedtime just isn’t going to work for all toddlers”.
Take a Good Look at Your Toddler’s Schedule
In order to know if your toddler may be too tired at bedtime or not tired enough take a look at your toddler’s daily schedule. You must check the time in which your toddler has its nap. Also, check how low the nap lasts. Usually naps should be no longer than an hour.
Create a Visual Chart that Outlines the Steps of the Bedtime Routine
Toddlers actually enjoy routines. Use this to you advantage and make a visual representation of the bedtime routine. You can even have your toddler help you at making the chart. Your toddler will definitely enjoy helping you.
Offer Choices Whenever Possible
I found this to be very helpful when I was babysitting my friends’ kids. However, don’t give them too many choices. I recommend offering just 2 choices. This can help your toddler feel in control of what’s happening at bedtime.
Hopefully this article has helped you a lot at getting your toddler to go to bed. It may take some time on certain toddlers but remember to always have patience. These tips have worked a lot on all the kids I ever worked with!