Toddler won’t stay in bed?

Try this 10-point plan to get bedtime on track.

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Toddler won’t stay in bed?

1 Assess the problem

At what time of night does the problem occur? Will your child go to sleep if someone stays in his room with him? Thinking the problem through clearly will help you tackle it.

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Toddler won’t stay in bed?

2 Establish a routine

A bedtime routine signals it’s ‘time to sleep’. Your toddler needs time to wind down and get his head around the fact he’ll soon be in bed. A routine takes about 30 minutes. Don’t rush it.

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Toddler won’t stay in bed?

3 Stick to the routine

Give your child notice that it will soon be time to go to bed, allowing a wind-down period. Avoid exercise, television or active play in the hour before bedtime. Let your child make some decisions about going to bed, while making it clear bedtime itself is non-negotiable. For example: does he want to use the red or blue toothbrush? Which pyjamas? Try to do things in the same order, at the same time, in the same place.

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Toddler won’t stay in bed?

4 Make sure he’s not feeling too tired

If your child is overtired at bedtime, he might get a second wind and be unable to settle down. Most toddlers, if they stay horizontal long enough, will fall asleep, so finish the routine in his bed with a bedtime story, singing songs or stroking his head.

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Toddler won’t stay in bed?

5 Help him ‘unlearn’ bad habits

You need to wean your child off the habit of sleeping with Mum and Dad. Don’t expect miracles, this can take time. Remember, your child will be experiencing separation anxiety. The first step is to get him to sleep in his own bed with you nearby. Sit on a chair next to the bed making sure you’re close enough to read but not close enough to snuggle.

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