Finally, I managed to get my 3 year old to go to bed after all the tossing and turning, coaxing and singing. Toddlers are great negotiators, and they’re no different when it comes to bedtime. And because they so enjoy the time they spend with you, they’ll do what they can to prolong the time they have with you.
Your child may take his time doing his usual nightly routine, ask repeatedly for a glass of water, or keep requesting that you come to his room because he needs something. If you suspect he’s stalling, don’t let him. Tell him it’s time for bed and that he can finish working on his art project the next day or find the stuffed bunny the following morning. Sometimes, my boy would snuggle in between pillows and amuse himeself before snoozing off to dreamland. You should try to make the nighttime routine more â€œbusiness likeâ€ when you kiss your baby and tuck him/her in. Donâ€™t wait around for your baby to fuss. Just leave and close the door and wait about ten minutes before you go back in the room.
Sometimes itâ€™s just a battle for control. Your toddler wants to control his environment as much as possible. You canâ€™t force him to fall asleep. Try reverse psychology and tell him he doesnâ€™t have to go to sleep, but can play in his crib. Eventually, heâ€™ll fall asleep on his own.