Many two year old kids have problems with falling asleep at night . Today we will try to show you where the problem comes from and how to solve it.
There are many disturbing factors that keeps your toddler out of bed in the evening . Most common ones are:
- room decorations at child’s room,
- unwillingness to stay alone in a dark room and the reluctance of separation from parents,
- the fear of going to sleep because of the nightmares.
The child refuses to lie down to sleep and starts infinite number of requests for drinking, food, a goodnight kiss, reading books, telling stories, etc. The goal of this is, of course,to make parents stay as long as possible. Not all of the requests are fake, but remember to fulfill them within reason and at some point end this avalanche of needs, leave the room and give the child time to fall asleep.
You can aslo give a good night hug, leave the child in the room to fall asleep, and ignore the constant cry from the room. If your child is tired or knows from previous experience that the mother will not come in any more that evening, this method may be effective. The only exception is the situation when the child is actually just afraid to be in the room and reacts with fear and tears. In this case, we should stay in the room until our toddler falls asleep.
Changing parent roles is also very effective in the evening. Let your husband take care of the child before going to sleep. Such exchange of roles usually influences the attitude of a toddler so that he or she gives up many of their requests. It also appears that he or she is more likely to fall asleep.
If the reason for the reluctance to sleep are nightmares, you must figure out what is their cause. Typically, nightmares are caused by too much experience and lessons learned during the day, nervous atmosphere at home, or a change that has occurred in the child’s life (eg going to the nursery, changing nannies, moving in or out). Another reason may associated with the imagination, your child can not yet explain the rational aspects of their ideas, and therefore it begins to be afraid.
Evening rituals two year old
Introduce a number of habits that will have to be made before your child safely could go to bed. These are called rituals and you can not count on the fact that the child will give up or forget about them. It will be a long time integral point of the evening sleep.
Entering the child’s rituals is associated among other things with the reluctance to make any changes in its environment, and applies to the whole process of going to bed and falling asleep. Therefore, the daily activities will include for example:
- arrangement of toys in the correct order,
- appropriate arrangement of pillows and toys chosen by the child, which will fell asleep,
- read fairy tales in the correct order,
- listen to them, and not the other lullabies.
Rituals can begin to relate to the bath and related activities. Every child in this case has its own individual tastes, more or less surprising.
Do not fight the evening rituals for children, because it is a natural way for every child to sleep without stress and in a natural way. The only way by which you can help yourself and your child to go to sleep faster, is to simplify the operations associated with bathing, undressing for a bath, lying down to sleep.
Falling asleep children aged 3-5 years
The older the child, the more you easily falls asleep. As time begins, read stories in a quie voice, play he soothing music. The only thing good to avoid, is allowing your child to play loud just before bedtime, it can disrupt a quiet position in bed and make troubles in falling asleep. Sometimes the child is just willing to talk to mom and dad about their experiences, dreams and problems. It is a very good time for quiet conversation.