5 easy tips to handle your toddler’s sleep tantrums


by Emily Fedorowycz |

Bedtime used to be a calm and tranquil wind-down. Now, it’s the time of day you dread the most. Thankfully, our guide to busting the bedtime blues will help you side-step the tears and tantrums. (Your toddler’s and yours!)

Once upon a time, all your baby needed before bed was a bath, bottle and 22 minutes of Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy dancing around the Ninky Nonk.

Fast forward two years and your beautifully behaved, freshly bathed bubba is now a fully grown tantruming toddler. So how do you restore order to the bedtime battleground?
Bedtime {:target=_blank :rel=noopener} tantrums are far from uncommon and can be caused by reluctance to end activities, wanting to assert authority or simply being over-tired. All well and good, but when you’ve been running around after a crazed toddler all day or had a particularly stressy day at the office, bedtime can’t come soon enough.

We have 5 easy tips that can help end the meltdown misery and reclaim your calmer evenings!

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1) Start the wind-down

'Give verbal warnings that activities are coming to an end. ‘“Just one more turn” works a trick,’ says Vicki Dawson, founder of The Children's Sleep Charity. This will help your toddler realise bedtime is getting closer.

Why not try using picture cards to remind your little one what’s happening next, helping him feel informed. For example, a picture of dinner, followed by a picture of a bath and then toys. If only he was able to return the favour by holding up a picture of a glass of wine! You’re nearly there.

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