My toddler doesn’t want us to leave the bedroom in the evening
Toddlers are notoriously difficult at bedtime. How you deal with this is important in setting good sleep habits.
Set a consistent bedtime routine so your child has clear sleep cues and knows what to expect next. A good routine can involve a bath, possibly a massage, reading stories together, maybe a quiet song or whatever calm activity you choose.
Give him choices, as control is one of the main reasons a toddler resists sleep. Letting him choose which pyjamas to wear and which book to read may make him more amenable.
Encourage a lovey or comforter for your child, as this can be hugely helpful in the transition between being awake with you and going to sleep without you.
After the bedtime routine is over, be firm and clear on your boundaries to make your expectations of him clear.
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Maryanne established The Sleep Works in 2010. She is a qualified and experienced Sleep Consultant who has helped hundreds of parents with their children’s sleep problems. She also works with adults to educate, support and motivate them to improve their sleep. She gives many talks and workshops on child and adult sleep, has written numerous articles, and has appeared on Channel 4's 'Born Naughty?' show. Find out more about Maryanne and The Sleep Works.