If you have a toddler, like mine, who refuses to sleep because she thinks she’ll miss something, getting them to sleep can be a difficult task.
The “cry it out” method is a no go in our household. My toddler will stand on the side of her crib and scream for hours until mommy or daddy comes to the rescue. We are not the parents who co-sleep either. If you do, that’s awesome. With my anxiety and constant worry of my little ones falling from our bed, there is no way I’d ever get a good night’s rest. Plus, my kids sleep like ninja’s. I’ll pass on getting kicked in the head in the middle of the night.
We’ve done trial and error with numerous bedtime rituals and we’ve seem to have figured out what works best.
Yes, every child is different, but if I can enlighten others on our nightly rituals you never know who it could help.
You never know unless you try, right?
White Noise. Yes, yes, and more yes! We put a humidifier in my daughter’s room that makes the perfect white noise sound. We have it running even before she goes into her room to sleep. It blocks out any other noises that might startle her throughout the night and helps her fall asleep faster. We use the Vicks Starry Night Humidifier. It gives off enough white noise to block unwanted noises, and you can also insert Vicks Vapor Pads when the little ones are sick!
Brush Their Teeth. Now that my daughter has plenty of teeth, we are starting to brush them every single night before bed! I’ve made it more into a “before bed” chore. Both of my kids know that brushing their teeth is one of the last things they do before bed. My daughter is very picky when it comes to food and certain flavors. We got our hands on some Nuby All-Natural Toddler Training Toothpaste. It has a fun and tasteful tutti frutti flavor that she loves. It’s safe to swallow, non-toxic, and fluoride free. It’s BPA free and made right here in USA! It’s also endorsed by Pediatric Dentist Dr. Grace Kim – Founder of Yummy Dental and Orthodontics for Kids in Chicago, IL.
If you purchase the toothpaste, it comes with a bonus toothbrush! It has an easy grip handle (perfect for those little hands!), comes in a variety of fun, bright colors and designs, BPA free, and has soft bristles to gently clean those little precious teeth. You can find this at Babies R Us and Kmart!
Rub their head. Something about rubbing the back of my daughter’s head is incredibly soothing to her. She’s been putting her hand on the back of her head since birth as a soothing mechanism when she’s tired. It’s the sweetest thing.
If your child doesn’t like the head, try their back or arms. Every little one is different! My oldest loved his back rubbed when he was a little one, and it still works to this day at four years old!
Show them you’re going to bed too. Every so often, I’ll lay on my daughter’s room for just a few minutes to let her know we are “going to bed” too. Even if we aren’t, it helps ease her mind knowing she’s not missing out on anything fun. I’ve been starting to let her know that Mommy is going to bed too by putting on pajama’s myself. Usually both my children go to bed at the same time, so I’ll put my oldest to bed first so she sees that he is going to sleep also.
Stuffed Toy. No Minnie, No Sleep. Something about hugging Minnie tight at night is a good way to get my toddler to sleep. It seems like a comfort thing knowing that she has something lying in bed with her. She’s starting to say “Minnie” at night when I lay her in her crib, and it melts my hearts. Whatever your child is into grab a stuffed animal of their favorite cartoon or movie and have them snuggle up to it.
I’ll look at her monitor at night when she’s asleep, and she never let’s go of her Minnie.
Have the room dark. My husband and I always turn the lights off and the humidifier on before we take her into her room. Walking into the dark room lets her know it’s time for bed and we are not coming in here to play.
Since we started this, and now that she has caught onto it, she now lays her head on our shoulders. This made me believe that this is a good tip to helping her get to sleep, because before when the light was on she’d throw a fit.
These pre- bedtime rituals have really helped our toddler get to sleep at night. She’s a wild little one so if these nightly steps work for her, I’m sure it can help another mama. Give them a go, let me know what you think!
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