The struggle is real for parents every night. Putting your child to bed is almost like a game of Snakes and Ladders. Sometimes you’re in luck and climb a few ladders to victory as your toddler goes to bed easily. Other days, you’re back down to where you started.
Here are the top 10 excuses toddlers use to avoid bedtime
But I’m not tired
This is a favourite that never gets old.
Mommy, my baby is hungry
Feeding the dolly is of ample importance at bedtime.
I need to kiss my toys goodnight
They decide that their stuffed toys need to be loved before shut-eye.
I want to sleep with all my toys
Another excuse to get out of bed…
Despite them ignoring your pleas at the dinner table, bedtime is always a good time to tell you they’re hungry.
Mommy are you going to die?
Toddlers ask the weirdest questions at bedtime and expect an in-depth explanation.
I can’t sleep without my blankie/teddy
The last time you saw the said item was early in the morning and now you have no clue where it is.
I’m scared to sleep alone
So much for those few minutes you wanted to yourself *sigh*.
Stay with me until I fall asleep
But instead of falling asleep your toddler chats away while you feel yourself nodding off.
Can you read it again?
Story time doesn’t always equal bedtime, unfortunately.
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