Getting your toddler to go to bed.
Getting toddlers to go to sleep is a struggle for most parents. I believe that I have been very lucky on this front and have not had struggles in the area. As a result many of my family and friends have often asked me how do you do it. Being a mom of triplets I have found it necessary to stick to a very strict schedule. I believe without a doubt that is the reason that I have had such success in getting my children to nap and go to bed at night without any problems.
We started sleep training at a very early age and I never put my children to bed asleep, okay never may be stretching it, I am sure that when they were infants I put them down when they were asleep but once they reached six to nine months off age they were always put in their beds awake. As a result they have never had a problem getting them selves to sleep and we never did Cry it out.
If you are starting when they are toddlers, sleep training that is, you may have a week or two in which it is difficult but it can be done. The first step is to set a bed time routine, a schedule, something you do in the same order every night. This will help to set a pattern for the child and will become second nature for them, they will learn that this is how we do things and it will become second nature to them. The second and I believe the most important factor is to set a bed time, weather it be 7 or 8 the time does not matter, what does matter is that every night at that time your child is in bed.
Our routine is as follows.
5:30 Eat dinner as a family
6:00 Clean up the kitchen
6:15 up stairs bath time
6:30 brush hair, teeth put on Pj's
6:45 read a story to all three
7:00 say prayers and go to your own rooms.
Mom and dad then goes and spends ten to fifteen minutes in each childs room doing quiet play and talking about our day. after which each child is put in bed by both parents (we spend time separately in each room then kiss them good night and put them in bed together.)
Their doors are shut and we check on them at 15 minute intervals till they are asleep.
The children do not come out of their room unless there is an emergency and that does not mean a bug is under their bed. If they are sick, etc.
Good luck and remember what works for me may not work for everyone and what works for you may not work for me, that does not mean it is wrong. Do what is best for you and your family!
Sun, 22 Mar 2009 22:56:15 +0000
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