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6 Tricks to Help Your Toddler or Preschooler Go to Bed (and Stay There!)

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Parents and children in bed

Give a Bedtime Pass


If your child gets up frequently after going to bed (for water, another hug, more blankets, less blankets — you get the idea), try creating a bedtime pass. The pass can be an old credit card, a homemade coupon, or anything else you have around the house. Tell him that if he needs something after he is in bed, he can use his bedtime pass to come out one time. He'll likely save it for something he really wants or needs.

One of our readers says, "We gave our daughter an old department store card to keep under her pillow and told her if she needed something after she was in bed, she could use her bedtime pass and come out just once. This has worked like a charm! She takes it very seriously."

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