Ah, toddlers, those little surprised-filled humans!
They can be sour one moment, sweet the next, and before you know it, they’re off to dreamland! But navigating this phase can be like riding a rollercoaster. One minute it’s about the cup colour, the next it’s about who pulls it from the drawer.
Here’s the deal, some days you just can’t win, and that’s okay! Toddlers are on a quest to understand the world, regulate emotions (often without words), and, yes, push boundaries. It’s all part of their learning journey. And your role? To help them navigate this wild adventure safely!
Let’s dive into one of the biggest challenges—bedtime! Here are strategies to make bedtime a breeze for you and your toddler:
Toddlers thrive on motivation. Start with a bedtime reward chart. Positive reinforcement works wonders! You can make your own or buy those sticker chart and ask what your child wants to get as a reward.
A set bedtime routine offers predictability and comfort.
Sample routines can be:
Shower – Have some quiet play and read stories – Have a chat with them about how the day went – Use the bathroom and off light – good night!
Visual or auditory cues help toddlers understand what’s coming. Consider the Hatch Rest clock and sound machine or program Alexa to announce bedtime.
Choices within Limits:
Toddlers crave control. Offer choices within boundaries, like selecting pyjamas or books. Limit questions to 2-3 per night to keep bedtime on track.
Remember, every child is unique, and these strategies can be tailored to fit their needs.
If bedtime battles persist, reach out for guidance. Together, we’ll create the perfect sleep puzzle for your child!