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Bedtime tantrums

If you child refuses to go to bed then there are many things you can do to help stop the tantrums by following some key steps.

First one: Always give them small hints that bedtime is on its way, and this can be as simple as drawing the curtains, or dimming the lights, playing soft music or have them listen to a story.

Second tip: Change their clothes to bedtime clothes and sing a song about bedtime to get them to look forward to it, rather than dread it.

Third tip: If they still having naps during the day then make sure it is no longer than 3pm, as this can cause disruption when it comes to sleep time, depending on how many naps they have, but use 3pm as the cut off time, so if they are napping they need to wake up by this time.

fourth time: Have bath time. This will help wind down their body and get them sleepy.

Check out this article on the Babycenter website, which gives further details:

https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a558218/bedtime-routines-for-toddlers

Bedtimes are usually easy in our house, as Henry will usually get tired around 6pm to 7pm so around 5pm after dinner time, we will have quiet time, so no ball or football, and so it is either he can watch his tablet for half hour or listen to a story.

This tends to work. When he was a lot smaller we would give him some warm milk and play some soft lullaby music to indicate bedtime was on its way. You can buy blackout curtains, but our son liked sleeping with the light slightly on.

Here is another article I found on Very Well family:

https://www.verywellfamily.com/bedtime-hacks-for-perschoolers-4067065

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Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X

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