whats the best way to get a toddler to go to sleep without the tantrums?

Lauren - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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need a little help getting daughter to go to sleep in her own bed without a tantrum? any advice?

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Krystal - posted on 10/24/2009

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Routines help postively...but what else helps is during the day keep them busy...The busier they are, the easier they fall asleep. Also reading to them, makes the transition easier to going to bed...I keep both my girls active...and then i get them ready by bath, brush teeth and reading...Best of wishes and Good Luck~ Krystal

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Becki - posted on 10/22/2009

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Let me guess your little one is twoish and if you aren't with anyone right now you probably feel like cuddling with someone once in awhile but you don't want her to become a permenant fixture in your bed, I ran into the same problem with my daughter who is now 3, and still will try to come in Mommy's bed, but I can usually get her to go to her bed at night without much fuss. The thing that I made sure was a must for bed time was make it a routine if possible, give bath, brush hair and teeth, bed time story (time permitting) and bedtime prays and hugs and kisses. When she felt like it was something that we did as a game more or less she couldn't wait to do our bedtime routine before too long. Every child is different but that seemed to work fairly quickly for my little one. Hope you figure something out, you may want to cuddle them sometimes, but you know you will both sleep better if you were in seperate beds, let me know if something works out for you, good luck.

Crystal - posted on 10/22/2009

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just let them throw the tantrum and after a coule of night they'll give it up

Jules - posted on 10/22/2009

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I really believe in routine and sticking to it. If 7pm is their bed time make sure that does not change. I would always tuck my girls in there bed, talk about all the good things that happened in the day and then read them a story. That way they knew bed time was their/our time and it was a happy time. Before turning the lights out maybe talk about what they would like to do tomorrow and let them know that those things can only happen if they go stgraight asleep. Good Luck :)

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