Even though my daughter is a good sleeper, it doesn’t mean that she LOVES the idea of going to bed. She’s probably thinking… why go to bed when there’s so much fun to be had with her toys and with Mommy and Daddy, right? It’s funny how children hate the idea of sleep and we, as parents, would do almost anything to get more of it!
So, I decided to write a fun post this week about creative ways in which my daughter tries to delay bedtime to stay up just a few more minutes. I’m sure anyone with a child (or even babysitting experience) can relate, but I hope you get a good laugh out of this because my daughter makes me laugh all the time. I have a smile on my face now as I’m thinking about these things.
~We start our bedtime routine~
- Either my husband or I sit down with her and read her a book.
Creative Attempt # 1
“One More” – she says this after we’re done reading the book. One is pronounced more like ‘Un’ and she says this as she holds up her index finger and bounces it up and down in the air. She has such sweet innocence in those eyes . It is pretty irresistible and she would probably continue to do that after each book until morning if I let her!
- I say “Ok, one more book, but let’s read it on the potty”. She’s potty training and doing great! She still wears a diaper at night, but I like her to go to the bathroom right before bed if possible.
Creative Attempt # 2
After potty and before I can put a diaper and pj’s on, she makes a mad dash out of the bathroom in the opposite direction of us both. She usually grabs a toy on the way and finds a nice spot to stop, just out of site. She then proceeds to look very busy playing… probably thinking that we won’t interrupt.
- We scoop her up and explain that she can play with that toy while we get her changed in the other room. We get a diaper and pajamas on.
Creative Attempt # 3
Just as the pants/shorts are being pulled up over the diaper she says “Pee” or “Poo”! If she didn’t go before, we undress her, take her diaper off and give it another try. I mean, I hate to have her lay in a dirty diaper all night. I know it’s going to happen eventually, but I don’t want her to start the night off wet… and she knows this, lol. However, if she did go before, I know it’s just a ploy and I tell her that she’ll have to just go in her diaper. She hardly ever poops over night in the diaper. Proof that she was just using it as a stall tactic.
- We scoop her up again and help her brush her teeth. We then say “Good-Night” to pictures of family members and to some of her stuffed animals as we carry her to her room.
Creative Attempt # 4
She cries out “milk” (sounds like ‘me you’) and reaches her arms out like a fairy is going to drop milk in her hands per her request.
- We explain that we’ve already brushed her teeth… that and we don’t want her to pee pee the bed. We sometimes offer a little water, but she doesn’t want plain water so she gives up easily.
- She gives Daddy hugs and kisses, then her and I continue on to her bedroom.
Creative Attempt # 5
Once we make it to her room and I give her hugs and kisses she’ll say “one more Daddy”. I’ve fallen for this one a few times thinking it’s so cute, especially if Daddy has been working long hours and hasn’t had much time with her. The truth though… most times she doesn’t even want the extra hug and kiss and just stays still once she sees him again. The little faker, lol.
- I finally place her in her crib. I place a crochet blanket over her, give her a stuffed animal, turn on her bear which plays music, and kiss her good night.
Creative Attempt # 6
She jumps back up like a jack-in-the-box! She’s now standing in her crib, and says “one more Mommy” as she reaches her arms up in the air towards me, signaling that she wants me to pick her back up.
- I love this part because this is the time that she gives me the best hug ever! She wraps her arms and legs around me, puts her head on my shoulder and squeezes… even though I know it’s partially another attempt at delaying bedtime, we both just enjoy the moment. I then put her back down to sleep
She then talks to herself until she eventually falls asleep. We’ll see how things pan out once she’s in a toddler bed and can simply climb back out of bed, but for now once she’s in… she’s in.
It’s amazing how quickly children start these little tricks. They are so smart at such a young age! I hope you enjoyed my article and got a few laughs. She doesn’t really do all of these tricks every night, but she’ll usually try about 3 or 4 of them to see what she can get away with.
I know she’s not the only toddler who does this… please share what your creative little ones try in order to stay up just a few more minutes.