How do you persuade a 2yo to co-operate more? Specifically I'd like my daughter to get dressed calmly into her pyjamas with my help.
Currently our bedtime routine involves:
- Read story while drinking milk (she does this calmly)
- Brush teeth (most of the time she allows us to brush her teeth well)
- Change nappy and get into pyjamas. At this point she runs into the adjacent rooms giggling and saying "I'm running away!" or hides under her bed. Or she lies on her bed right at the top right against the wall where it's harder to reach her. The problem here is it drags out bed time at the end of the day when everyone is tired.
I've tried asking her "do you want me to help you get dressed or do you want to get dressed?" but she just ignores this. She is capable of putting on most of her clothes given enough time.
The only way to get her dressed is to first catch her. This feels sub-optimal and as she gets bigger I don't think my back will support picking her up all the time. All the chasing feels like setting a bad precedent as well.
Threatening to take favourite toys away wins co-operation but I think there may be better techniques out there.
Once she's on her changing mat she behaves well if we talk to her and ask her questions. ("What was your favourite thing today?", etc).
My wife and I are glad she isn't completely subservient and we'll probably miss this phase when she grows out of it, but calmer bedtimes would be nice.
Any recommendations please?