NO TODDLER IS THE SAME: HOW TO CREATE A BEDTIME RITUAL THAT ACTUALLY WORKS

NO TODDLER IS THE SAME: HOW TO CREATE A BEDTIME RITUAL THAT ACTUALLY WORKS

Toddlers are fun to dress up and can be funny at times but behind that smiling bundle of joy, is a sleep-deprived, under appreciated, stress-eating m

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Toddlers are fun to dress up and can be funny at times but behind that smiling bundle of joy, is a sleep-deprived, under appreciated, stress-eating mama. Yep, that mama needs help.

It’s no secret that toddlers can be a handful to take care of. They can be fussy, noisy, stubborn and plain unpredictable. After an energy-depleting morning, toddlers magically have the strength to spare to avoid sleep. According to experts, it is advisable to practice a night time routine so that the toddlers recognize if its time to sleep. The key is to have a lot of patience, creativity and repetition to have an effective bed time ritual.

Here are some tips to help you and your toddler get better sleep at night.

1. Warm bath before bedtime.

Toddlers sweat too and after playing, they can be irritable because of their sweat. To help with this, you can give them a warm bath at bedtime to calm down and make them feel relaxed and sleepy.

Make sure you use products that are baby skin friendly so you wont have more sleep deprived nights taking care of your baby. Opt for Baby Dove Rich Moisture Hair to Toe Baby Wash for a worry free bathing. It moisturizes and gently cleans your baby but if your baby is extra-sensitive, go for Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Hair to Toe Baby Wash. It has no fragrance which is perfect for your extra sensitive babys skin.

2. Do a relaxing exercise.

The author of Happiest Baby on the Block and Happiest Toddler on the Block, Dr. Harvey Karp introduced a trick called “magic breathing”. This is where you teach your child to take deep breaths and exhale slowly for three or four times until they feel relaxed.

Like adults, toddlers can be massaged too. Just keep it gentle. This is recommended by pediatrician and founder of Little Lamb’s Pediatric Wellness Place, Dr. Roselyne M. Balita.

Use baby lotion on your child that moisturizes their skin like Baby Dove Rich Moisturize Lotion or Baby Dove Sensitive Moisturize Lotion.

3. Keep gadgets away.

Radiation from gadgets can damage your baby’s eyes and hinder development. It may also lead to an obsession to play and watch videos all day and may affect their sleeping routine. Not only that, while it can affect vision, it can also give posture related problems. However, it has positive uses that can help mothers keep them at bay. When its bed time, keep the gadgets where they can’t see them as research shows that it can hinder sleep and make them feel sluggish all day.

4. Keeping toys away.

Set a specific time for your child to settle down. Teach them where to put their toys after playing as soon as they are able to understand instructions so that they understand the importance of cleanliness. You can give them a heads up before they are supposed to keep the toys so that they know that play time is almost over.

5. Lights off.

Lights naturally signal our body to wake up. So when your putting your child to sleep, turn the lights off, and make sure the room is quiet and calm. You can also opt for a bedtime story when they couldn’t sleep yet. Or play lullabies to help set the mood for sleep.

Kids can easily adapt to change so make use of this by starting them young. Doing this may require all of your time and attention to your child but while you start this early, it can really pay off in the next few months. Be consistent in your bedtime routine so that it will come naturally for them to sleep at a specific time.

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