How to Make Sure your Toddler gets a Good Night Sleep
A good night’s sleep is one of the most important foundations for your day no matter your age! Toddlers need more sleep than we do, but they are also lighter, more resistant sleepers than adults. Taken together, these things mean that making sure your child gets his or her rest can present a bit of challenge at times. Children should have their daily sleep routines and should take small naps and go to bed at the same time at night.
Going to bed at a proper time is the key to your toddler’s continued nights of good sleep. Young children respond best to a well thought out routines in most areas of their life and bedtime should be no exception. Small children need approximately twelve hours of sleep per day, including a daily nap. Make sure that they get the full benefit of that time by getting them to bed regularly and keeping them there.
When picking a bedtime, make sure that it is a time that you can live with and be realistic. Make sure your child is tucked in by that time. This will help you to train your toddler’s body to sleep at a specific time of day.
During the day, make sure you engage your child both mentally and physically. A proper level of activity will ensure that your child is tired and can sleep when bedtime comes around. Then, when the day is winding down, help your child to begin winding down as well.
Choose evening activities designed to soothe rather than to stimulate. Avoid feeding your child sugary snalcks in the evening hours, as they will simply energize them. A well-planned bedtime routine with a bath and a good story book can also help ease your toddler in the direction of good sleep.
It is normal for your toddler to not necessarily want to go to bed when you’d like him or her to do so. The best way to avoid this is by sticking to the sleep routine, refuse to argue and redirecting their attention to decisions they can make, like which pair of pj’s to wear.
If your child gets up after you have put them to bed, simply return him or her to bed without fanfare. You don’t want to encourage them to believe that they can enjoy themselves and gain attention by escaping their bedtime.
You should be sensitive to your child’s concerns at bedtime so that you can address separation anxiety or nightmares apprpriately, but don’t allow your child to sidetrack the routine. It will take a few days for your child to adapt to their bedtime, but a well rested child is a well rested you.
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