Basics for bedtime
If you have not started putting a routine into your toddler's bedtime, try it now! If you follow the same routine every night, your little one will soon enjoy that reliability and consistency, and it can relax. The more relaxed your child is, the more likely it is to easily get to bed and fall asleep quickly. Stick to your routine as consistently as possible, even when you are away from home. This makes it easier for your child to rest even in unfamiliar surroundings.
What your ritual contains is up to you alone.There is standard bathing, putting on pajamas, reading a story, cuddling a little or playing a quiet game. Just make sure it's something that calms your child, does not get ruffled.
And while you can begin your ritual in the living room or bath, it should always end in the nursery. Your child should understand that this is a beautiful place, not just a room to be "banished" to sleep. When it gets really annoying, as soon as you leave the room after the good night kiss, you should check back after a few minutes. It probably already sleeps on your return.
The following bedtime rituals and routines have helped other parents at BabyCenter. Maybe the right thing for you too.
let off some steam
Sometimes it helps your child to get rid of all excess energy before going to sleep. "Our son runs around the apartment naked and crazed like a madman for 20 minutes, chasing us and the dog before we put him in the tub for an awesome bath," Chris and Kira say. As long as a wild game is followed by something calmer and more sedate, like a bath or a read-aloud story, it can be the first step in a sleep ritual.
A very popular part of bedtime rituals is the bathroom. Sitting in the warm water is a soothing experience, and a cuddly, warmed, smelling child is often the key to a good night's sleep. Bathing is also a great opportunity for your partner to enjoy more togetherness with the child. If your little one turns up the bath properly or hates bathing, then you should delete this from your ritual. Instead, cuddle or read a story to him.
Evening routine may also include washing your child's hands and face, brushing his teeth, putting on a fresh diaper (or, if it's old enough, pottying), and putting on his pajamas.
Here's another tip that will save you time (and hassle!): Once your child is old enough to have preferences about their clothes, let them decide which pajamas to put on. Give him two options and let him choose one of them.
Time for a game
A quiet play on the floor in the living room or children's room is a nice opportunity to spend a few fun minutes together before bedtime. Older toddlers may like simple puzzles, younger children can always be entertained with a simple "Kuckkuck" game. You can also play a very simple dictation of the alphabet or the numbers one to ten. Whatever your child likes and does not overdo it is suitable. Before your little one goes to bed, you're hiding something to find - a toy, a postcard, or something else interesting - and then talk to each other about it. Just make sure to clear the object before you leave the room.
Bedtime is a great opportunity for toddlers and their parents to spend some time together and talk. Talk about the events of the past day, what he liked best and what least liked them. It is also a good time to talk about your child's worries. That helps him to overcome fears and hardships, and then sleeps better. Of course, if you want it, it's also the ideal time to say a prayer.
Of course, you do not have to wait until your child can tell you the events of the day beautifully in chronological order. Recap his day until he can do it himself. "When we put our son Jacob in the cot, we turn off the light and talk to him about his day," says BabyCenter mother Heidi. "This is a wonderful way to increase your vocabulary and it relaxes him."
Say "good night"
Many toddlers enjoy going to the house or room at bedtime and saying "good night" to their favorite stuffed animals, family, or any of them. But all in moderation: If your child wishes each stuffed animal in his or her nursery a quiet night, then you can almost bet that it only wants to delay his bedtime.
A good night story
The hottest competitor of the bath time as the most popular bedtime ritual is the reading of a bedtime story. Not only does your child learn new words - studies show that language ability and intelligence in children can depend on their daily workload of words. At the same time, it will also enjoy these very exclusive minutes with you.
Being able to choose the reading history yourself is another opportunity for your child to gain control over his bedtime. "I let my three-year-old choose a story every night," explains BabyCenter's mother Susanne. "While that often means that I have to read a certain story over and over again for weeks, but it seems to be terribly important for me to be able to determine the book myself."
Sing a song
Lullabies are a proven method for bringing children gently to dreamland. Her little one enjoys the familiar sound of her voice, and the gentle, calm melody calms it. "Every night I sing two songs and then we end up with our common 'good night song'," says Susanne, mother of two boys. "The kids have understood that this is the end of the evening, sometimes they sing along, but most of the time they just listen to me."
Music to fall asleep
Insert a CD with lullabies while your child is ready for bed. Let the music run smoothly when you go - this can make it easier for the child to wake up to sleep. But do not let the music become a habit because your child needs to learn how to fall asleep by himself, and that should not be dependent on special sounds or devices.
Let in a light
If you have cuddled your child under the covers, then give him one last hug, say "good night," turn off the light and turn on a night light if necessary. Many children of this age easily lose their bearings when they wake up in the middle of the night and can not see in the dark. The little lights in the sockets are tremendously helpful.