Did I mention that the last bedtime pattern we had was cute? Let me tell you why. One of the last things he would do before he hits the bed is to dance to this Toy Story 2 song. Even if I find the dance so adorable, this too was ejected from the new list of activities before bedtime since dancing is not a good choice to end my toddler's day. And yes, I miss watching him do his thing.
Now, these are my new successful ways on how to calmly put my Little Man to sleep:
Play HardMigo is certified galawgaw. He keeps moving, dancing, playing, and all that. He always moves around and really plays hard. He pretty much has a lot of activities during the day and that works on my advantage since moving a lot is his form of exercise that keeps his mind and body healthy. Also, it makes him sleep better at night. I just make sure that he stops playing or being active before dinner time so to relax his body. That is also the reason why dancing to that Toy Story song before sleeping is not qualified to be on our new bedtime activities.
My Little Man needs to recharge himself so a nap for one hour (three hours the most) is necessary to keep him going. He should not take a nap longer than that because that means struggle to sleep later in the evening. Also, I do not allow him to take naps late in the afternoon for obvious reasons.
His dinner is at around 6pm because I do not want him to sleep on a stuffed tummy. He will ask for milk in the middle of the night anyways so I feel it's okay to give him early dinner. And besides, it makes sense that since I am establishing an early bedtime here, dinner must also be served earlier.
The one who takes care of my son gives him a warm bath, or swimming as Migo would call it, at around 7pm and they do that the same time everyday. This also serves as a sign that his playtime is up.
Our activities several minutes after dinner time all lead to the bedroom. Brushing his teeth, washing his bum, a new diaper and set of bedtime wear all tell that he is going to bed any minute from then.
TV is not allowed at night time since whatever he watches stimulates his mind and makes it harder for him to go to sleep. I am also not allowing him to watch scary and violent scenes for it cause nightmares and sleep interruptions.
I make sure that his bed is conducive to sleeping. Even us adults do not want to sleep on a cluttered bed, right? His sleeping buddy, Mickey Mouse, must be there already waiting for him. I also make it a point to have his covers changed every so often.
He loves to sleep in a dark room and with the electric fan running so that is granted to him. No problem with me since I also cannot sleep on a bright room.
The Goodnight Prayer
And the very last thing that we do is say our good night prayer. We both pray "Angel of God", and he ends it up with "Goodnight Jesus, goodnight Sto. Nino, goodnight Mama Mary...I love you!" Then he says his I love yous to us, closes his eyes and goes to sleep.
I hope this new list of activities before bedtime helps mommies out there who are having some difficulties putting their sweethearts to sleep early. Good luck, and hope it goes well!