Getting a toddler acclimated to a bedtime routine can be one of the most challenging aspects of parenting. Toddlers tend to become overactive and resist going to bed. There are many ways parents can create a successful toddler bedtime routine and in this post we’ve put together a list of 5 tips to help you do so.
1. Bedtime Routine Chart-
Creating a bedtime routine chart helps parents get organized and toddlers get used to a solid bedtime routine.
2. Utilize Down Time-
Decorate-The first step is to decorate a bedtime routine chart with items and colors your toddler loves. Let your toddler help decorate the chart.
Less is Better-Toddler’s have short attention spans, so keep the bedtime routine chart simple. Only add a few things that toddlers should do to get ready for bed, such as take a bath, brush teeth, and get pajama’s on.
Toddlers need to wind day after an active day. Their little minds and body will keep going if they don’t find a way to be still.
3. Stick to it-
Read a Book-Toddlers love when mom or dad read their favorite book. Reading a book to your toddler before bedtime it a great way to wind down.
Relaxation Station-Create a relaxation station for your toddler. Let you toddler listen to relaxing music or watch their favorite television show. Relaxing helps toddlers wind down before bed.
Toddlers need structure. When you implement a bedtime routine for your toddler, stick to it. Don’t deviate from the routine. If you keep toddlers on a bedtime schedule, bedtime will be easier.
4. Make it Fun-
Keep on Schedule-Keeping your toddler on a schedule is important in getting them used to a bedtime routine.
Don’t Give In-Let’s face it, toddlers don’t like to go to bed. To keep your toddler on a regular bedtime routine, don’t give in to the demands.
Bedtime does not have to be boring. Toddler bedtime routines can be fun. If you make nightly bedtime a game, toddlers will be willing to go to bed without whining to stay up late.
5. Set the Clock-
Play Games-Toddlers love to play games. Make bedtime games part of your toddler’s bedtime routine. Play hide-and seek under the covers or chase the monster from under the bed.
Movie Night-Let your toddler watch a movie and some fun snacks. Watching a movie before bedtime will make your toddler sleepy and ready for bed.
A toddler bedtime routine won’t work without a set bedtime. Toddlers need structure and having a set bedtime gives it to them. Bedtime should be based on the age of your toddler.
Ages 1 to 2-For younger toddlers between one and two, the best bedtime should be between 6 and 7 p.m.
Ages 3 to 4-For older toddlers between the three and four, bedtime should be between 7 and 8 p.m.
Having a successful toddler bedtime routine is possible when following these five simple tips.