If your house it like mine you probably can’t take more than a couple of steps into the lounge room without tripping over a doll, a stuffed animal or that sensation of getting those hard, tiny Lego pieces embedded in the bottom of your bare foot.
Toys are a fun and a necessary part of any child’s life, but personally I don’t think there should be any toys in the cot at all. If it is filled with brightly coloured toys or gadgets that make sounds or play songs it is all far too distracting and stimulating for bedtime.
Even a mobile is off-limits if you want your child to learn to sleep properly. Bedtime is obviously a time when you want to be helping your babies and toddlers wind down, but instead you may just be winding them up!
I do however make an exception when it comes to that one special security toy, like your child’s favourite stuffed animal. I am referring to that one toy that they cart around all day, or stuff in their pocket, or can’t leave the house without. These beloved toys offer soothing comfort and help your child feel relaxed and safe. I do also however recommend that this toy be saved for sleep time so the child forms a connection with special toy = bed time.
Anything you can do to minimize distractions when it’s time for bed will really help as you are establishing good sleep habits and routines. The more simple and plain your child’s surroundings are, the easier it will be for them to drift of to sleep.