5 Techniques For Conquering Bed Time Stallers

Bedtime Stalling

Growing up in a large family helped prepare me in some ways for having a child. For instance, I was not surprised when my daughter began to use any and all excuses she could come up with to get out of going to bed at night. It’s natural. Kids want to spend as much time as possible with you and they don’t want to miss out on anything. Unfortunately, as aware of these stalling tactics as I was, it still didn’t make it any easier to deal with. To help prevent the nighttime rebellion, try one of this tactics.

  1. Complete the Checklist.

    You know your child, and what excuses they tend to use. Before putting them down for the night, go through the checklist – get a drink of water, go to the bathroom, etc. Make sure to cover all the normal everyday excuses before you have them go lay down.

  2. Create a Routine and Stick to It.

    If you haven’t established one yet, do it. Having a set routine helps children to feel more settled and relaxed. The longer you stick to it, the less they will fight you on it.

  3. Prepare the Bedroom.

    It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with a toddler or preschooler, they both can be pretty picky. Often times, if something isn’t perfectly correct, it gives them another reason to have a meltdown. Make sure you have everything prepared – blanket, stuffed animal, etc.

  4. If All Else Fails, Be Boring.

    Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you do, your child will continue to stall as long as possible. To combat this situation, be as boring as possible when interacting with your child – speak in a monotone voice, make as little eye contact as possible, and avoid using any emotions (ex. anger, happiness, etc.).

  5. Be Firm and Consistent.

    The most important thing to dealing with bedtime stalling is to be firm and consistent. Let your child know they are safe and you are close by. However, make sure you allow them to fall asleep on their own.

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