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How do I handle my toddler's bedtime routine?

Hello everyone,

I am a new parent and I am struggling with my toddler's bedtime routine. My child is almost 2 years old and I find it difficult to put him to sleep every night. He is full of energy and does not like to settle down easily. I have tried reading books and singing lullabies, but nothing seems to work.

I am looking for some tips and ideas on how to handle my toddler's bedtime routine. How can I make it more fun and engaging for him? What kind of activities can I include in his routine? Are there any particular bedtime toys or books that you recommend?

Any advice and recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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legros.oren

Hello,

I have a 3-year-old daughter who used to struggle with settling down at night. What worked well for us was including a physical activity in her bedtime routine. We would play a game of "Simon Says" or have a mini dance party in her room before starting her calm time activities like a bath or reading a story. This helped her burn up the excess energy and settle down much more quickly.

Additionally, we made it a point to reduce screen time during the latter part of the day, avoiding the use of digital devices a couple of hours before bedtime. We found that this helped her eyes relax and settle into bedtime mode more quickly.

Finally, we made sure to create a comfortable sleeping environment. Sometimes, altering the room temperature or arranging the lighting can make all the difference to a peaceful night's sleep.

Hopefully, these tips can help improve your toddler's bedtime routine, and you can enjoy some much-needed rest. Best of luck!

floyd70

Hi there,

I can relate to your struggle with your toddler's bedtime routine. My child had a tough time settling down at night when he was around 2 years old. I found that establishing a consistent and predictable bedtime routine helped a lot. I created a schedule which included activities such as bath time, brushing teeth, and reading a book. This helped him to know what to expect and settle down.

I also found that incorporating calming activities such as a bath, gentle massage, or listening to soft music can help relax the child before bed. I also tried introducing a bedtime toy that my child could snuggle with or hug, and that seemed to bring him some comfort.

Overall, every child is different and what works for one child may not work for another. It may take some trial and error, but creating a consistent and calming bedtime routine can help your toddler settle down and develop good sleep habits. Good luck!

lance.deckow

Hi,

As a mother of two kids, I understand how challenging it can be to establish a proper bedtime routine. My elder child was full of energy, and it was difficult to get her to bed at night. Our solution to this was to make her bedtime routine seem like an enjoyable activity for her, so she would look forward to it.

For instance, instead of starting the evening routine abruptly, we would give her a few minutes of playtime. Then, we would initiate the calm time activities, like a warm bath or massage. She loved the bath and would often request for it herself. And over a short period, bedtime became associated with relaxation for her, rather than a time to resist.

We also made sure to set a specific time each night for her bedtime routine. She knew when it started, and what was expected, like putting on her pajamas, dimming the lights, reading a story, etc. This consistency helped soothe her and enabled her to doze off more quickly.

Lastly, we tried to be patient, understanding that children often have trouble transitioning from the liveliness of playtime to winding down for bed. It's essential to be mindful of your child's mood and give them the time they need to settle down.

I hope some of these tips help. Kids can be tricky, but with patience and consistency, it can get easier.

ramon.runolfsdottir

Hello,

I can understand your struggle since I had a tough time getting my child to bed at night as well. As a working parent, it was important for me to establish an efficient bedtime routine that could work faster and help my child sleep peacefully, and I discovered a few tricks that worked brilliantly.

Firstly, I made sure that she had enough playtime and outdoor activity during the day. This tired her out and helped to reduce the energy she had at bedtime. Then, I started altering the room lighting gradually, starting about 30 minutes before bedtime, making it more subtle by lowering the brightness levels. This helped establish the bedtime atmosphere and got her prepared for bedtime.

We also ensured that we avoided any stimulation before bedtime. This meant not allowing screens for some time before bed, and any other stimulating activities that may get her excited until she's in bed.

Lastly, we made reading time a necessity before bed. We found that this helped her transition to a calm state and wind down quickly.

Every child has unique needs and what works for one may not work for another, so be patient and experiment until you find what works best for your child.

Hope this helps!

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