How to make sleep much easier, as well as the best strategies to build connection and calm at the end of the day.
Are you looking for a way to help your toddler wind down and get ready for bed? It can be challenging to get your little one to stop playing and start sleeping at the end of the day.
But with these calming bedtime games for toddlers, you can make it as easy as ABC.
We know how hard it is to put your child to bed when they are full of energy and excited about something.
And even though it’s tempting, you shouldn’t simply ignore their demands or refuse to give in just because you know it will end up making things worse. Instead, look for ways to gently distract them from what they want so that they’re more willing come time for sleep.
These calming bedtime games for toddlers will do just that!
Calm Down Games For Toddlers
There are many different ways to help a child calm down. Some kids respond better to visual distractions while others respond better to auditory distractions.
You know your child best, so choose a calming game that suits your child best. Here are some calming games for toddlers:
– Reading: One of the best ways to calm down a toddler is by reading a favorite book. Reading a book before bed can be a great way to help your toddler calm down and fall asleep.
– Singing: Singing is a very calming activity. Pick a song that your toddler likes and sing it with them before bed. You can sing any song that your toddler likes.
– Taking a Bath: Taking a bath before bed can be a great way to help your child unwind and relax. You can add bubbles or a bath bomb to add some fun to the bath and make it more exciting.
– Playing With a Toy: Playing with a toy before bed can be another great way to help your child relax and unwind before bed.
If your toddler is used to having a story read to them before bed, this game will be a fun twist on the classic bedtime story. If your toddler is fond of a certain story, record yourself reading the story for your child.
This is a great way to bond with your child and make them feel loved. After you finish reading the story, let your toddler know that they can press a button on the recorder to start the story over again.
Keep replaying the story until your toddler is sleepy enough to fall asleep. This is a great way to help your toddler fall asleep without feeling like they’re missing out on a story.
Kids love to play with their food. And while this certainly isn’t a calming game, it can help distract your toddler while they wait for their food to digest and make them drowsy enough to fall asleep.
If your toddler will eat it, let them play with warm, plain oatmeal. Oatmeal is a great food for toddlers because it’s full of fiber, which makes them drowsy after they eat it. Let your toddler play with the oatmeal by letting them make designs in it or build towers with it.
Oatmeal is gentle enough for toddlers to play with unsupervised, so your little one can play with it freely and make a mess. But don’t worry, the oatmeal will eventually be easy to clean up.
Bedtime Story Game
If your toddler loves hearing bedtime stories, but you’re sick of reading the same book over and over, this game is for you.
You’ll need to prepare a few stories in advance, so make sure you have plenty of time to finish one story before you decide to start the next one. When you’re ready to read the story, only tell the first part of the story. Then stop and ask your toddler what they think will happen next in the story. Let your toddler finish the story for you. You can also play a variation of this game by asking your toddler to finish the story.
This can be a great way to encourage your toddler to use their imagination and come up with their own stories.
Rock-a-Bye Baby Calming Game
If your toddler is younger, there are some great ways to help them calm down before bed. If your toddler is younger than two years old, you can try to recreate the “rock-a-bye baby” calming sound.
To do this, hold your toddler and gently rock them back and forth while you hum a soft lullaby. Make sure you’re holding your toddler close enough that they can hear you humming. This will help your toddler relax and fall asleep.
Remember to do this in a safe place where your toddler can relax in your arms without falling or getting hurt.
Babies and toddlers are often full of energy and it can be difficult to calm them down. But with these calming bedtime games for toddlers, you can help your little one unwind and get ready for bed.
And the best part is that these games are fun and will help your child develop skills that will last a lifetime. If your toddler is still too young to fall asleep, these games can help them unwind so they’re more willing to go to bed at a reasonable time. Keep in mind that the goal isn’t to make your toddler fall asleep while they’re still playing.
Rather, the goal is to help your toddler relax and unwind so they’re ready to sleep at a reasonable time.