It’s time for the toddler to sleep in their crib, but now you’re having trouble keeping them in there? Maybe they won’t go at all? This article has some great tips to help you get your little one to go to sleep and stay there!
1. Create a Routine
Routines are important to everyone, especially kids. This gives them a sense of normalcy and something to expect every day and prepare for. Creating a set time that your little one goes to bed is a great way to establish the “night time” routine. Make these steps to bed exciting, possibly create a check-off list that they can physically sign off on after each step before bedtime. It can look something like this.
- Clean up toys and mess in the room and fold their sheets down for bedtime
- Take a warm bath or shower.
- Brush teeth and hair
- Put on pajamas
- Pick out a bedtime story that they can read aloud, or have you read to them.
Once the “night time” list is complete, they will know that its time for bed. You can even personalize it with things that are important to your family to make it extra special.
2. Creating a Relaxing Environment
Having a comfortable and clean environment is good for your mental health, and this is no different for children. When your kids go to bed, it’s essential for them to have clean sheets and pillowcases, and everything tucked away in the toy bins. Creating an environment like this will make them feel at peace. Some parents like to put dehumidifiers in their kid’s rooms to clean the air and also offer a soothing background noise. Adding a nightlight can also add a sense of peace to your child. Make sure the night light isn’t bright and is also a warm or cold color to promote sleepiness.
3. Timed noise
For a lot of people, it is really hard to fall asleep in silence. That doesn’t mean anything is wrong with your child; the silence might make them uncomfortable. There are tons of products that offer different levels of sound as background noise that even have timers on them. This can provide 10-30 minutes of background noise that will send your toddler to sleep instantly. It sounds like waves crashing, the rain, a noisy rainforest, or a park. Even if that doesn’t work, there are other options. If your toddler has a TV in their room, you can allow them a limited time before falling asleep to watch it. Giving your child a 30-minute window to fall asleep to their favorite cartoon will provide them with a feeling of control and individuality. If you do choose to allow the TV for a limited amount of time, make sure that you keep it on a low volume. If the TV is too loud, they may think that its time to play or be unable to fall asleep.
4. Promoting Relax Time Before Bed
This tip kind of falls back on routine. Parents are finding success in creating “relax time” prior to putting their kids to bed by dedicating the 30 minutes to bedtime to snuggling up and talking about their plans and goals for tomorrow as well as maybe reviewing their day. You can even watch a cartoon together or read a story. You want to do something that is relaxing and not up and moving. This technique works well if you both get in your pajamas to initiate that everyone is going to sleep, not just them. Sometimes toddlers can sense that everyone else gets to stay up and have fun while they are being forced to go to bed. If you show them that you are going to bed too, this will let them know that there will be nothing to do because everyone’s going to sleep. Turning the lights off and keeping minimal lighting on in the house can make them sleepy.
5. Making Their Bedroom THEIRS!
Your bedroom has all of your favorite things in it. Your favorite pillow, blanket, candle, and books. Why should your Childs be any different? Allowing your toddler to pick out their favorite decor and blankets and pillows will make them feel like an individual. This will also make them more excited to spend time in their room if their favorite things are in there. Small little things like a nightlight they picked out will get them to feel excited to go in at night and turn it on. Maybe they can change the color of it every night. You are letting them bring their favorite stuffed animal in the crib with them. All of these small decisions matter because, again, it is giving them the opportunity to choose. Making decisions for themself is important, and it will make them more inclined to go to bed on their own.
A lot of toddlers don’t want to go into their own room because they feel safer with you! People don’t realize this, but when they spend more time in your room or in other areas of the house, the last place they want to go to is their own room. You can change this by dedicating at least an hour a day to doing something fun in their room with them. That way, come bedtime, they won’t be afraid to be in there because they know that their room is a safe place to be. Even leaving the door cracked open can help them feel less isolated in their bedroom at night time.
Try out these tips, and you will see a major improvement in getting your toddler to stay in their room! It can be hard at first, but everything takes practice, and soon enough, it will be a breeze.