As most parents know, kids are full of energy and many children disdain the words, “bedtime” and “sleep”. While some toddlers are probably easygoing and laidback, my toddler happens to be a part of the other crowd-energetic, wild & busy. There are some nights when bedtime doesn’t equate to crying fits and jumping in & out of his bed every chance he gets but this is usually the norm. More recently,we’ve decided to do our homework and try some new techniques to make bedtime=happy time.
1. Keep Calm
Start the process of winding down your little, busy one at least an 1-2 hours before bedtime. For us, that includes no iPad, dim lights and no cartoons (Yes, even Frozen).
2. Water Works
Our son loves bath time, it’s as if he was a fish or merman in another life. Bath time helps to tire him out a little more because he has such a great time, and some nights bath time brings on a calmness in him that I don’t see the other hours of the day. Every child is different though, if bath time makes your little one hyper then it may not be such a great idea.
3. Pajama Walks
This is a new thing (for me) I read over at Parents.com and I think its a great idea. I love going for walks and my little guy loves going outside, it seems to put us at ease. Prepare the little one for bed-freshly washed, teeth brushed and pajamas on then toss on shoes & jacket (Hello, Fall!) then take some steps around the neighborhood. See more about Pajama Walks at the link below:
Getting your child to sleep peacefully can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. All that matters is having a happy toddler in the morning, because all parents know: Happy Baby, Happy Mommy!