He re­sists bed­time

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Parenting Skills -

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.

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