Stop Toddler Bedtime Battles

Sleep struggles are common among 2- and 3-year-olds, as a result of the huge developmental changes they're going through. Use our guide to determine what's behind your kid's restless nights and ultimately get her on a saner sleep schedule. 


[MUSIC] Conquering bedtime battles is a parental right of passage. Here's how to win at these three common issues. First, if your child is refusing to get ready for bed, try changing your approach. Instead of go to bed, use a gentler, less threatening tone like, night night time. Also, use positive reinforcement to your advantage like, brush your teeth and you can pick the bedtime story. And give kids choices. Do you want to brush your teeth or try the potty first? This makes them feel like they have some control. Second, if your kid is refusing to stay in bed, stand your ground. If you notice them peeking around the sofa, walk your little one back to bed, tell him he needs to stay there, and then leave. If it happens again, repeat. And again, repeat. If you are firm and consistent in responding this way, he'll eventually get the message. Finally, if they're refusing to let you leave, set limits. A sweet bedtime cuddle is fun for parents and kids. But kids need to learn how to fall asleep and stay asleep independently. Make sure she has a familiar bedtime routine. Then promise to check in on her beginning with every few minutes, increasing the intervals. [MUSIC] As you do this, praise her for staying in her room and keeping quiet. The most important thing is that they have a predictable, calming bedtime routine which is the key to getting a good night's sleep. Good luck. You've got this.

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