This 60 second trick will get your toddler to go to bed with zero drama
Bedtime with toddlers can be anything but peaceful and straightforward.
As everyone who has ever been in possession of a toddler is more than familiar with.
They are masters of stalling – and seriously, nobody on this planet has a to-do list longer than a toddler who has been informed it is time for bed.
However, what if there was a way to get your toddler to actually listen and head for bed when you tell them it is time to do so? You know, without the drama and tantrums and power struggles?
Turns out, there is.
We recently came across an adorable tip from the parenting experts over at Big Little Feelings and we simply had to give it a try.
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Are you ready? Here is the trick:
Have your toddler tuck their favourite toy in for the night downstairs (think: random blanket, washcloth, or towel) and have that be the transition to go upstairs for bedtime.
And why it works:
“Here, we are helping them learn to say goodbye and transition away from something really fun while still holding that bedtime boundary.”
Not only that, but as the parenting pros point out, by putting your little procrastinator “in charge” of tucking in their favourite toy or teddy, it gives them just a little bit of control over the whole bedtime routine. And lord knows, toddlers thrive on control.
“This small piece shifts the toddler brain into collaboration mode, rather than power-struggle-mode,” they add.
Commenting on the post, parents were impressed with how well this simple trick worked.
"This stopped a total meltdown from happening last night. Thank you,” one Instagram user wrote.
“We do this often and it does work! Often takes extra time but less fighting for sure!” another one chimed in.
Now, I don't know about you, but I will take any hack that will get my kids to bed quicker when it is bedtime – and this one sounds so simple I cannot NOT try it!