Research shows that starting your bedtime routine at the same time every day is essential. Having a pattern makes it easier for young children to know what's coming next. What about toddlers? If you're the parent of a toddler, you know that having one isn't easy. There are many things to think about, from how often they eat to what pajamas to dress them in. That's why we've created this comprehensive list of tips and tricks to help you get your toddler ready for bedtime.
No Screen Time: 1 to 2 Hours Before Bedtime
It's normal to be concerned about how much time your child spends with digital screens but don't make any drastic or instant changes to their routine. Toddlers' daytime and nighttime entertainment should be varied. For example, no screen time 1 to 2 hours before hitting the sack because the "Blue light" from televisions, computer screens, phones, and tablets might suppress melatonin levels, can stimulate your child, and delay sleepiness.
Set A Reasonable Bedtime
Getting your toddler to bed can be challenging, as they are eager to do lots of things and do not want to sleep. Whether you put your child to bed earlier or not, it's good for them to get used to a routine so they can sleep quickly in the evenings. This means that the time you start their bedtime routine will vary based on each toddler's needs. However, around 7 pm is a good time because your toddler is still awake and active but will also be getting tired.
Warm Baths Before Bedtime
Are you looking for ways to make bedtime easier? Experts say a warm bath is perfect for bonding with your toddler. After all, your little ones are likely struggling with separation issues. The best part is that they can easily be worked into your child's bedtime routine, making it easier and less stressful for everyone. Alongside bathing, this is also a perfect opportunity to teach them how to self-care, including brushing their teeth and wearing their favorite pajamas.
Bedtime Stories are Still the Best
A bedtime story is a perfect way to calm a toddler down and put them in dreamland. Reading aloud helps young kids learn new words and concepts, teaches them about their culture, and encourages imagination and love for reading. Bedtime stories have been a time-tested tradition in many households. You set up a cozy reading nook, and a lovely printed playmat with a comfortable kid's sofa can add a little twist to bedtime reading. What a great way to cap the night!
Comfortable Sleeping Environment
Toddlers are a handful. If you want them to sleep well at night, you must give them the right mattress and room. It's not just about choosing the bedding, though — there are other factors to consider. For example, it should be cool for hot seasons, warm enough for cold seasons, and ventilated throughout the year. A dim light will also do the trick to cozy up your bedroom.
Remember always to be patient and firm and to reward positive behavior. Your relationship with your child is more important than anything else. Creating a solid foundation of trust and cooperation will give them the best chance of success in all areas of life.