He resists bedtime
1 BE FLEXIBLE WITH HIS SCHEDULE
“Getting your little one into bed at the right time means being in tune with his emotions and mood,” says Naomi. “If you suspect he’s overtired, don’t rush his bedtime routine. Instead, move everything forward so that dinner, bath and bedtime stories take place a little earlier.”
2 HAND HIM THE REINS
Routine is important for toddlers to feel secure, but Sally-Anne suggests offering a few options so he has ‘forced’ choices. “Ask if he’d like to turn off the light or if he’d prefer you to do it,” she says. “Give some warning about what comes next in the routine, for example, ‘There’s one more story before we turn off the light. Which of these two books would you like me to read?’ This way he knows what’s happening, has some control and is more likely to stick to the routine.”
3 GIVE HIM SOME YOU-TIME
Your little one loves you and wants to spend time with you, so he may not be too keen to go to bed if he hasn’t had enough time with you during the day. “Make sure you have a cuddle and tell him that you want to have a little play with him, but then it will be time for him to go to bed,” says Sally-Anne.