Few things are as frustrating for a parent as a child who won’t go to bed at bedtime. There are a lot of reasons why this happens, but if you are having bedtime battles with your child, here are some tips to do to help ease your troubles.
Tips for Bedtime Battles
Get to the root of the problem
If your child is fighting you at bedtime, the first thing you can do is try to find out the real problem behind him not wanting to go to bed. Have you recently moved him to a new bed or transitioned from co-sleeping? Is he scared of something or having bad dreams at night? Is he just trying to get your attention? Find out the problem so you can take steps to resolve it.
Establish a bedtime routine
If you haven’t already, now is the time to establish a proper bedtime routine. Do calming activities first like reading a favourite book, getting into PJs and brushing teeth. It’s okay to indulge in a little cuddle time and extra hugs and kisses during this time as well. Eventually, you want your child to understand that bedtime is bedtime and there are no more requests after that.
No matter what bedtime routine and strategy you use, it’s very important you remain consistent with it. Always stick to the same bedtime, even on weekends, don’t allow stalling, and make sure are parental figures are on the same page when it comes to bedtimes.
With these tips, you can bust bedtime battles for good. You’ll have young sleepers that go to bed on time and stay in bed until morning, giving you more time in the evenings to do the things you need to do, as well as to sleep yourself.