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26/05/2010 at 09:33
Hi All, I have a Toddler who will be 3 in July 2010 and at the moment we have a mixed routine with him and I would like to get him into a proper routine before he starts pre-school in Sept 2010 and our baby arrives in Aug 2010. The problem that I am having at the moment is that he goes to bed a little late and it takes a while for him to settle sometimes, I have tried to leave him but he gets out of bed and throws things on the floor over his stairgate and cries and gets himself worked up. I have to lie down on his bed until he goes to sleep and I know he has to have a routine before the baby and pre-school comes I just don't know where to start. If anyone has any advice for me please tell me and let me know. Thanks Tibbs.
26/05/2010 at 13:09
To be honest, I'd say don't bother trying to impose a routine on you both when so much is going to change. I tried with my 2 toddlers before my youngest was born and it failed completely once the baby came home and disrupted it all.
Once he starts preschool you will have a routine naturally that he understands but until then I'd recommend you relax about it, you probably have more of a routine than you think anyway. If mealtimes and snacktimes and bedtime routines happen at roughly the same time each day then you will be ok.
I discovered that my 2 yr old knows what time her favourite programme starts on tv and expected to watch it with a snack. I thought I had no routine at all until my mother in law pointed out that both girls told her what she should be doing with them while I was in hospital having the baby. My idea of a routine has never worked but their routine does!
Good luck with the new baby!
27/05/2010 at 19:35
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