Toddlers need to get a lot of sleep or will otherwise become moody and cranky. But they don’t know that and make it a challenge each time when it’s time for sleep or a nap.
There is no magic formula that will make your toddler want to stay in bed and get quality sleeping hours. However, there are some things you can do that will definitely help.
Establish a Routine
This is the conventional way of getting your toddler to stay in bed and get its sleep. By establishing a routine and repeating it consistently, your toddler will eventually embrace it. The routine doesn’t have to be complex and can simply include bedtime stories and the same sleeping hours.
Don’t React in a Negative Way
Even if your toddler’s actions may be frustrating at times, don’t let it show. Instead, each time they get out of bed, simply put them back in, tuck them again, and give them another reminder that it is sleeping time.
Make Your Toddler Tired
If nothing else helps, then turn to tried and tested method of tiring out your toddler. The reason why they struggle to stay in bed is because they have all this energy. By doing activities that spend this energy, like running around or playing games, toddlers won’t have any left for rejecting naps and sleep and will be snoozing in no time.