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If you have a toddler, you know how hyper than can get. It’s amazing to see those little bodies just bursting with energy, especially when you feel like you’re a few hours short on sleep. Although it’s healthy for toddlers to have a lot of energy, there are times that your hyper toddler needs to calm down. Whether you need to cook dinner or get the baby to sleep and need to get your hyper toddler to calm down, these tips will be sure to help.
Dim the Lights
If all of the lights are on, your toddler is probably ready to run around and explore. In order to get your hyper toddler to calm down a little, try dimming the lights. Not only will this cause your toddler’s body to think it’s close to bedtime or naptime, it also helps hide some of those awesome toys in the shadows. Your toddler will see less, which allows them to calm down a little.
Play Soothing Music
Soothing music can also work to help calm down your hyper toddler. Try a few different types of music, such as lullabies, classical music, or even softer country sounds. You can also try instrument-only music or go with songs that have soothing words. Either way, you’ll be amazed at how quickly soothing music can calm down your hyper toddler.
We have the Cloud B Tranquil Turtle and have found that it works really well not only for bedtime but for helping our girls calm down. It features a super relaxing underwater light effect with a gentle wave motion and plays either soothing music or the sound of ocean waves. When I am feeling stressed out it works wonders for me, so I totally recommend grabbing one or something like it.
Read a Book
Another great way to get your hyper toddler to calm down is to read a book. If possible, sit in a rocking chair and have your toddler climb into your lap. The soothing combination of the chair moving back and forth, along with the cadence of your voice, will slowly relax your toddler, allowing them to calm down.
Play with Puzzles
If your toddler won’t sit still long enough to read a book or cuddle, try sitting them down with a puzzle. This way they can have fun but are forced to stay in the same place. Focusing on the puzzle and staying in one spot will allow your toddler’s little body to unwind, slowing calming them down. Plus puzzles are wonderful for their development; bonus!
Toddlers love to colour and it is another great way to get them to sit still and focus. Set them up with a box of crayons and a selection of colouring books and just watch all that frantic energy they have stored up just dissipate.
Make it Bathtime
If all else fails a nice warm bath filled with bubbles can go a long way towards calming down a toddler. Relaxing is the best way to unwind and most toddlers love bathtime so it is win-win!
Do you have a hyper toddler? I’d love to hear about how you calm your hyper toddler!
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