Toddlers and bedtime! Maxy boy is currently trying to take us for a ride at bedtime, and I know this is a common theme for many parents out there.
So what are my top tips for managing bedtime woes with our older babes?
💤| talk about bedtime expectations well before its time for sleep. It is impossible trying to negotiate with a tired toddler!
💤 | keep bedtime early. Especially when your child has consistently dropped their nap (which, by the way ideally isn’t until 3). Overtired toddlers are 10x more difficult to settle. A bedtime of 7-7.30pm would be my tip (earlier if they’re dropping their day nap!)
💤| create a consistent and positive bedtime routine. This creates calm and lets your child know what is coming next.
💤| offer the final ‘classic’ delay tactics in the last 5 minutes— I’m talking water, snack and toilet!
💤| remember those expectations you spoke about with your toddler well before bed? Now’s the time to action them and stay consistent! If they get out of bed, kindly return them to their bed. Toddlers will test the boundaries to see what they can get away with. It’s our job to create these boundaries and enforce them in a kind and loving way.
Oh, and when they’re in bed, go pour yourself a nice, big glass of wine. You deserve it mumma 😂