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Help me survive bedtime

  1. Woolly Mammoth

    kiwi / 515 posts

    I would do a bath everyday at the same time. Let her play for good long time in the water so she starts to relax. Then pajamas, then straight into bed.

    You'll have to insist at first, but once the expectation is set it should get a lot easier.

    My four year old resists getting in the bath but on most nights just being firm works as long as I have been consistently firm the last few nights. If he's really resisting we remind him that if he delays we won't have enough time to read books before lights out. My husband sometimes gives him the choice between a bath at an earlier time or a shower a little later, but I prefer to keep the negotiation out of it.

    I've found that consistently doing things the same way each day is the best way to get my four year old to comply.

  2. Mrs. Carrot

    blogger / persimmon / 1476 posts

    Thank you all so much for your comments. You all really gave me a lot to think about, particularly about my own leniencies that I really need to be better about. Yesterday we tried putting bathtime in the middle of playtime, so she didn't have to clean up all her toys and things were waiting for her to come back to, and even though she still resisted, it seemed to motivate her to have something to come back to afterwards. We'll keep experimenting. Thank you all again!


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