You know how bedtime is torture with toddlers? The screaming, the excuses, the whining ahhhhh I get anxious just thinking about it. Okay, maybe it’s not like that at your house. But let’s pretend like it is.
My daughter routinely fell asleep in places other than her bed after a long fight with me and herself before she finally fell asleep. Exhibit A.
Let’s pretend like even when you do the vitamins-brush teeth-pajamas-stories-kisses-prayers-tuck you in routine, it is still torture. You’ve bought night lights, cd players, teddy bears, everything you can think of to make the routine run smoother and it’s just not happening.
Because that’s what life was like at our house. With a barely 4 year old and an almost 3 year old (and a 1 year old) bed time was the dreaded time of each day.
Until my mother told me a suggestion her friend gave her. I kind of thought it was silly at first, but we tried it anyway.
And it friggen works.
Each night, we still do the vitamins-brush teeth-pajamas-stories-kisses-prayers routine, but I added just ONE little step at the end.
I lay in bed, or next to the bed, and count to 100. During those 100 seconds, I don’t answer questions, I don’t talk at all, other than counting very rhythmically and slowly from 1 to 100.
I’ve been doing it for about a month now and it is AMAZING the difference at bedtime. I now walk out of a room and there is no screaming that follows. There is no kicking the door or threatening to lock them in if they don’t lay down. There is literally no fight at all. That 100 seconds is just long enough to calm them down and help them transition into sleep.
It works amazing for us.
I’d love to hear if it works for you as well! Or if you have any other tips for a smooth bedtime routine, share those in the comment section of this post! I LOVE new ideas 🙂Share