One routine that is the most difficult to master is of course at bedtime. When they are months old they enjoy waking up at 3am to cry their little heart out, often for no reason. Those long sleepless nights certainly become tiresome but are something that the vast majority of parents will experience regularly. It is expected and the usual routine of checking they are warm and dry is carried out. Once they start to grow and can no longer sleep in a cot in your room they should be starting to go to sleep in their own bed and in their own room. This can be a hard time to let go for both parents and the child but it must happen to create that little bit of space that is needed. It will be the start of your child becoming slightly more independent which will carry on through as they grow up.
Children will certainly put up a fight when being made to go up to bed, saying how their friend at school are allowed to go to bed half an hour later than them and also how they are afraid of the dark and cannot go in there alone. You need to tackle these excuses so they aren’t able to use them. You need to set strict time guidelines and follow through with them; once a child knows that can be broken they will keep pushing. To end the worries of being in the dark you can easily purchase a childrensnight light for the landing or in their bedroom. The soft glow will put them at ease and you can get really cute designs these days.
After being persistent and making sure not to give in and let them into your bed, the whole transition should be smooth and not take too long to complete. Sometimes discipline can be hard but carrying it out as early as possible will help you for when they get older, especially so when they gain even more knowledge of how to worm their way around you to make sure they get their own way!