While some children embrace nighttime routines and willingly hop into the bath, other kids struggle with the concept and will do anything to postpone shutting their eyes. This can be frustrating but also worrisome for caregivers. Nevertheless, there is hope. By creating a routine and even enlisting the help of their favorite stuffed animal, you can get your kids to bed in no time. Here’s how:
Set and Stick to a Bedtime Routine
Children thrive on routines because they set expectations. Create a fun bedtime routine with your child and include some activities that make them excited about bedtime. Start with a bath that includes some entertaining games, directly followed by changing into a set of pajamas of your child’s choosing. Have them pick them out ahead of time so you’re not wasting time looking for the “right pair.”
Reading one book or listening to one song is another easy thing to incorporate into a routine. Choosing a favorite activity will help children look forward to bedtime.
Consider Teddy Bear Backup
Grab your child’s favorite teddy bear and have your child change it into pajamas during your child’s bedtime routine. While you help your child change into pajamas, they can help their teddy bear do so. Children tend to imitate, so they might be excited to change into their pajamas if their favorite stuffed animal is as well.
Create a Game
Most children love games and making bedtime into a game can help some children enjoy the experience. Once you have an established routine, add in some activities to make it more fun. Time how long it takes your child to get through their bedtime routine, and on a night that it seems to be dragging, have them try and beat the time. Consider changing into your own pajamas with your child and “race” to see who can change the fastest.
Don’t be afraid to offer small prizes when bedtime goes as planned such as stickers, a stuffed animal for consistent good behavior, and so forth.
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