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Bust Bedtime Battles With These Great Tips

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.

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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.

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Be consistent

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.

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. I always read to my kids at bedtime and sang to them too. I agree that being consistent means that you’ve already won 60% of the battle.


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