Toddlers have tons of energy, that’s a fact. Some parents will swear that girls are complete angels, others would do anything to have a boy. The truth is, healthy kids at that age have lots of energy to burn, they are inquisitive, get bored easily and don’t understand what “no” means. So how to get your toddler tired before your drop dead? As a rule of thumb, the simplest things tend to be the most effective. For example, give them a bucket with water and few small unbreakable dishes, and they keep self-entertained for a while, while you might rest or do other things.
Another activity that usually tires them out is dancing, jumping and bouncing. Most kids love music and various sounds, so if you can get them to jump on trampoline to their favorite tunes, they might do it for an hour without even needing your attention. If you don’t have a trampoline, safe bed mattress can do the job. Once they start jumping or dancing and singing along, their energy will get drained pretty fast and they might get tired enough to wind down or completely fall asleep, just like out 3-year old.
Overall, toddlers needs sufficient rest and sleep, ideally need up to 14 hours a day, although they typically get only about 10. An afternoon nap can do wonders, even if it’s just a half an hour.
Avoid sugary snacks and foods, and opt for natural sweeteners and fresh fruits.
Keep them occupied with a variety of creative activities as well, so their brain gets engaged and tires them out.
And don’t forget to be patient!