If your toddlers are like mine, you won’t get them to sleep without having the skills of a professional UN-negotiator. Certainly, 70% of the babies that grow into toddlers somehow suddenly start despising sleep (that is my highly unscientific guess). And they’ll do anything to stay awake for as long as possible. Here are 16 typical toddler excuses for not sleeping:
1. The classic: Toddler needs a sip of water. Out of a very special cup. No, not the red cup, the blue one, which is downstairs, in the running dishwasher.
2. Toddler has lost his favorite stuffed animal. After a panic attack and you searching through the whole house, the stuffed animal is found underneath the toddler’s blanket.
3. Toddler needs to pee. This could take a while, because he thinks he must poop as well. No, it was a false alarm. He’s just scored an extra 10 minutes!
4. Toddler needs to hear a specific bedtime story, then changes his mind and needs to hear another story. And again…
5. Toddler wants dad/grandma/grandpa/the babysitter to put him to bed. Not mom who is there to do it.
6. Toddler thinks his pillow is too hot/cold. ‘’Why? Why is my pillow so hot/cold?’’ A good reason to start crying.
7. Toddler is hungry. And yes, he just threw his favorite meal on the floor because he wasn’t But now, a half hour later, he is starving. The poor thing.
8. Toddler must talk about important questions right now, this second. ‘’why is the sky blue and what happens when you die?’’. Great time to start a deep conversation.
9. Toddler is not tucked in correctly. This is not the way you normally do it. The blanket must be positioned 36 degrees to the left, with the pink stars facing .
10. Toddler is afraid; you need to put on a nightlight, leave the door open the correct way and need to look under the bed twelve times.
11. Toddler wants to sleep in your room, in your bed. He doesn’t want to be alone, he loves you so much, and wants to be with you all the time.
12. If he can’t sleep in your room, toddler needs you to stay there, until he falls asleep, and has finished talking.
13. Toddler wants to hear one last song. ‘’No not that one. Nope, not that one either. I want to hear a different song!”
14. Toddler needs another sip of water. And needs to pee for the second time in 10 minutes.
15. Toddler needs one last kiss (after kiss number 18).
16. Toddler is not sleepy. He’s just not. And no, he’s not crying because he is tired. He just doesn’t want to go to sleep yet.
This is by far not the definitive list of toddler anti-sleep excuses. The number of reasonable excuses is only limited by toddlers’ imaginations, and as you know, that is everything but limited.What’s your toddler’s most ridiculous excuse to escape sleeping? I’d love to hear it!
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