Bedtime behaviors are tricky and can range but all are rather normal and not special. When they are tired and want to go to bed you are their comfort. So naturally they are drawn to you when it’s close to bedtime. You have to remember the task at hand and not let the cuteness take you over. Don’t worry their bodies are failing them.
Whether your child refuses to go to bed or they insist on sleeping in your room, bedtime behavior problems are common. Without appropriate intervention, they can grow worse. Not only are bedtime behavior problems frustrating, but they also interfere with your child's sleep. Missing even a little shut-eye can be a big problem for kids. Sleep deprivation has been linked to everything from increased academic issues to behavior problems.
Here are some typical toddler behavior:
1.Always in need and calling your name: You laid them down and you hear them moving around in their rooms. They come out over and over again to show you something or to tell you something. You try your best to listen and quickly put them back to bed. This is normal behavior for toddlers. You have to train yourself to ignore them no matter how many times they come out and tell you things. You have to learn that you can't keep nursing them because they are banking on it. Let me go down rough and you don't have to answer them always. Just shut that door and put on your headphones.... no worries you'll see them in the morning!
2. Them being stressful cuddle buddies: It's typical for toddlers to get stressed out close to bedtimes. They have been dealing with todays problems just like you have. Try to do pre-bedtime stress relieving activities to calm your little. You know best on how to ease your child's stress. Reading a book or maybe playing a calm game they enjoy works. I like to watch a movie or a show Bastian likes if I noticed he's been extra hyper throughout the day. So we will do dinner early and then give him the poison bath... "remember that one" Then we relax and watch a movie I pick. At this time I don't pick a hyper kids movie but something that slow and watch him fall asleep before it's over. Sometimes this backfires so don't take the one fail as failure on the whole method.
3. The tantrums are hella real: Very normal! Starting between 18 and 24 months, our toddlers start to develop their own strong feelings and opinions (what they want to eat, what they want to wear, what toy they want to play with), but they don’t have the intellectual and verbal skills to discuss these preferences with us. The result? When things don’t go their way, they use tantrums as a means of communication. Tantrums before bed can also be quite normal. Many toddlers won’t like the idea of stopping play and doing something “boring”like going to bed. So don't let this put fear in you. Bastian acts like he can't breathe while throwing a tantrum and says his neck hurts. Well you're crying damnit it hurts....now lay down! lol
Command your little's bedtime and don't let them win. Tell me some great ways on how you took charge of your bedtime in the comments below 👇🏾
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