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Why Is Bedtime So Difficult And What Do We Do About It?
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It is 8:30 in your house and your a cringing at the expectation that bedtime is coming. Bedtime in all its glory. Screaming fit. Bouts of uncontrollable laughter when you want to be authority. Wrestling matches when you are trying to clothe your toddler in pajamas. Endless trips back and forth between bedroom and living room. This is a typical night in your house. You expect it and somehow you are always shocked and apalled. I am going to explore the reasons why this may be happening and what it is you can do about it in your power.

The first factor of bedtime drama is what time you are putting your toddler to sleep. You may think it is the perfect time for bed, but ultimately the specific time depends on your child entirely. Think about this, you are exhausted but baby seems perfectly happy and not the least bit sleepy eyed. Well this could mean two things. It isn't their bedtime, or they are still taking naps in the middle of the day. Pretty simple stuff. So what do you do? First, try a week without naps or even shorter naps. This may tire your kid out enough to get back on track.

If you notice that your toddler is playing a suspenseful game with her barbies, this may be the second reason they are not going to sleep. They are far too distracted with their activity to even think about dreamland. The solution to this is to make bedtime predictable. Make it a routine to have play time, brushing teeth time, pajama time, and finally bedtime. When your toddler knows what is coming, it is far easier for them to "wrap it up", so to speak.

If you like to watch TV, have a conversation with your spouse, or clean up at night, then you may have found another reason your toddler insists on getting out of bed and sneaking up on you. He or she is feeling left out with whatever mom and dad are doing. They don't want to miss a thing. The best way to handle this kind of problem would be to simmer down the noise prior to and during bedtime. Turn off the TV. Make sure your not banging dishes around while stinky face is trying to close their eyes. If they think the activity is over, they will not have a fear of missing it.

You know your child and you probably recognize the solution after reading the reasons. Just keep an open mind on what your kid needs so that everyone will stay happy and you will stay sane.


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