Christmas Activities with Toddlers

Christmas is right around the corner, and we are all feeling it! If you and your little ones have yet to really dive into the Christmas festivities, now is the time to truly get into the season! Your toddler or toddlers are now at an age where you can start to actually do more activities, engage them more, and start those Christmas traditions. So the question there in lies, what are you all going to do to enjoy holiday cheer this year? Let’s discuss some options!

Classic Christmas Movies

Where do we even begin on this one?! If there is one thing we all know and love from growing up, it is those classic Christmas movies! “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” are just a few of the movies that we grew up loving and associating with the season. Your little ones will love these movies and more as they begin to develop their own experience of what it means to feel the Christmas spirit. Just think, what movies are you going to make a part of Christmas this year?

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

As we discussed back around Halloween, crafting is a super fun activity for your toddler, and this is certainly no less the case with Christmas! You have this big tree that is just begging to have decorations placed all over it. That’s where you’ll get to enjoy some play time making all the wonderful ornaments and accent pieces to adorn that tree! Felt, beads, popsicle sticks, and some other basic crafting supplies are really all you need to make any cute design to put on the tree, from reindeer to snowmen to good ole Saint Nick and more! So get to it and have some fun!

Light Show

Our kiddos may not be so familiar with Clark Griswold and the number he did on his house (that’ll be a movie that can come to love years down the road, but we’ll hold off for now), but that doesn’t mean we can’t show them similar showcases of seasonal festivity! An easy way to embrace the season is heading into town and checking out the light show displays on some of the homes in your locale, as there is never a shortage of people willing to go all out!

Christmas Cookies

Christmas is a sensory experience to behold! But it doesn’t stop at the sights to be seen like the movies, light show, and snow. It’s about the smells and the tastes just as well. For that reason, it’s time to get your BAKING on! Christmas cookies are a huge part of the Christmas season and make for a fun decorating experience for your toddlers. Having fun designing and munching on adorable sweets (but not too much or else they’ll be up all night!)

Conclusion

In conclusion, your toddlers are getting older and are finally at an age where you all can enjoy the season together, establishing new traditions in honor of the holiday! As you’re coming up with ideas of how to ring in the season, consider these options to help your kids get as festive as you. And remember, for all things toddler, look to the pros at Dreamtown Kids

Calming Your Toddler Down Before Bed

Our kids have a lot of energy, this much is for certain! One thing that is not always so certain, however, is if we’ll be able to easily get them to sleep each night or if it will be a painstaking, futile effort filled with fussiness. Most of us can almost count on the latter of the two. And especially during a time like the holiday season where excitement is in the air, this can be doubly difficult to achieve. So how exactly to we help calm our kids down before bed? For their sake…and for ours! Let’s talk about some options.

Avoid electronics with bright blue lights before bed

We live in a very digital world now. A large portion of our days are spent staring at a screen, whether it be a watching a show on the tube or playing games on our phones. The high amount of eye exposure to these lights, and namely that of blue lights, has been known to excite the brain, ultimately deterring from restfulness and translating to heightened brain activity.

If your little one usually spends the last part of their day watching television or tinkering on your iPad, this may be a culprit in their inability to get to sleep soundly without issue. Consider alternative options for winding down at the end of the night. These screens can be an easy go-to, but they do more harm than good for your toddler’s sleep.

Read a book to them before bed

As you’re considering solutions to problem one, why not give reading books before bed a try?! The benefits of taking an approach like this are many-fold. For one, reading books with your little one before they hit the hay will alleviate the blue light issue from before, and furthermore it will provide an option that generally encourages restfulness. Reading or being read to, telling stories, are all effective ways of helping kids get to sleep more easily.

Aside from that, as far as being read to is concerned, this could provide additional benefits for a child’s sleep. As you’re reading to them, they will feel more at ease and comfortable as they lull off to sleep. As they reach an age where they do the reading themselves, the association between stories and comfort will have been made for them mentally, so they will be able to sleep just as well as they make this transition. Reading, a great way to end the day!

Avoid naps too late in the day and keep them short

Part of why your kiddo may not be sleeping so well at nice may have less to do with restlessness and more to do with maybe being too well rested. What do we mean? Well, we’ll answer this is the form of a couple questions. How often does your toddler nap? For how long? What is the latest time in the day that they will typically nap?

If your toddler is napping too much during the day, napping for too long during each nap, or napping too soon before bedtime, this could absolutely have an adverse affect on their ability to rest easy when the time comes at night. That being the case, what we’ll recommend here is being mindful of those nap times and making revisions if and when you see fit. For all you know, this may be the problem.

Set up a comfortable sleeping environment for your toddler

Let’s not forget the obvious here. And let’s address it from your perspective. When you lay down at night, you generally prefer a really uncomfortable, uneasy sleeping environment, right?… Of course not! You like to be comfortable and at peace in your space. Your toddler probably feels the same way! One obvious way to manage this is to equip them with a quality mattress, quality bedding, and a quality pillow. Did we mention quality, by chance?

How else do we reach this? Another way is nurturing your toddler’s development of a space that is truly theirs. Help them decorate it with things they like, things that put them at ease. This will certainly make them feel more at home in their space and help they get to bed more easily.

Conclusion

In conclusion, sometimes our little ones can have a difficult time getting to bed at the end of each night. While it might not always be easy to combat this fussy behavior, there are definitely things that could be done in an effort to do so. Give these listed methods a shot and see how they work for your toddler, and remember that for all of your toddler needs, look to the pros at Dreamtown Kids!