Bedtime is probably the worst time for many parents, and getting your child to go to bed and stay in bed is not an easy thing to do. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many soft toys they have in their cot or bed, you just can’t make it inviting enough for them to want to stay there.
This is potentially a bigger problem than you may first realise and if you don’t sort out any bedtime problems they will escalate and cause both you and your child to lose a lot of valuable sleep. The main problem parents seem to have at bedtime is not being able to leave their child to cry a little. What you need to understand is that a child will cry all the time if they know that their parent will come running to them; you will not help yourself by doing this. They are usually only crying purely because they don’t have your full attention.
However, they don’t do this to deliberately manipulate you for any other reason than it’s what they’ve come to learn as normal behaviour; you need to teach them a new way to behave; and simply giving them a dummy or a heap of soft toys is only going to momentarily solve the problem. Routine is important when it comes to bedtime, and if you conquer bedtime you’ll be better equipped to deal with any similar problems during the day. Here are a few steps to help you establish a good bedtime routine:
Once these things are done, it’s bedtime. This isn’t a long list by any means and doesn’t take long to do. This is an enjoyable time for your child and right up to you tucking them into bed with their soft toys will be something they will relish more than you can possibly know; we’re often too busy to do this and that with our children, but it’s amazing how far a little time can go.