Talking to Your Toddler at Bedtime is Comforting

Parenting September 14, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 23-24 Month Old Toddler

You might enjoy starting a bedtime talk as part of your bedtime routine with your toddler. Bedtime is a good time to talk to your toddler without interruption in a cozy, private place. Review the best things that have happened that day and talk about plans for tomorrow. The sound of your soft comforting voice will help your child ease into sleep.

You’ll probably find yourself doing much of the talking at first, but you’re setting the stage for later talk. As your child grows, she’ll want to have private talks with you about important things. You are practicing for these conversations with your bedtime talks.

Some nights you may be in a hurry and skip your talk. Don’t be surprised if your child says “You forgot to talk to me about today and tomorrow.”

Learn more about Your Toddler: 23-24 Months from Just In Time Parenting. You can also go to our Resource Links for additional information on child care and development.

Note to Parents: When reading this newsletter, remember: Every baby is different. Children may do things earlier or later than described here. This newsletter gives equal space and time to both sexes. If he or she is used, we are talking about all babies.
References: These materials were adapted by authors from Extension Just in Time Parenting Newsletters in California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.


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