Best Ways to Avoid Bedtime Battles with Your Toddler

Bedtime battles with toddlers can take a toll on many parents. As they grow older, toddlers can often refuse to go to sleep, use various methods to delay it, or even start getting up when put to bed.

Luckily, you don’t need to actually fight these bedtime battles. Instead, simply avoid them using these tips.

Keep a Consistent Routine

Having a consistent routine for sleep is a key to avoiding bedtime battles. Make sure to always do the same set of activities before bedtime and try to get them to bed at the same time every night. The repetition will help them get more comfortable with the routine and make their attempts to stay late less prominent. 

“Shut Down” the House

You need to let your toddler know the bedtime approaches. Dim the lights, turn down the television, and use a quiet voice. This way, they will see that the entire house is ready to go to “sleep.”

Make Sure Your Toddler is Comfortable

Being in a comfortable situation will help your toddler accept the fact that it’s sleeping time easier. Recognize their need for open doors, small light, or their favorite toy.

Be Patient

It will take time for your methods to start working. Be patient and consistent, and eventually, you’ll find success, and bedtime battles will be an afterthought.