Posted in: Blog | December 11, 2021
Tips For Sleep Training a Toddler
Many parents find bedtime frustrating and stressful because, for some reason, toddlers do not want to sleep when they should.
After you’ve had a long day at work, you don’t want to come home and struggle to put a child to sleep.
Luckily, there are strategies you can apply to ensure your child not only falls asleep at the appropriate time but also stays asleep throughout the night.
Have a consistent bedtime routine
It is important that you and your babies do the same thing every night to help them understand that it is time to sleep. For example, this can be brushing their teeth, switching off the lights, or announcing that it’s bedtime.
Experts say that the best time for toddlers to start sleeping is between 7:30 PM to 8 PM. American Academy of Pediatrics reported that toddlers need about 11 to 14 hours of sleep daily. So, when they sleep for about 1 to 2 hours during the day, they can get around 10 hours of sleep at night.
The children can get their daytime naps even when they are at a day nursery and not only when at home. At Tiny Toes Children’s Day Nursery Cheadle Hulme, near Bramhall, our early years teachers provide a conducive atmosphere for toddlers to get their daytime naps. For the babies they go to sleep in their cots within either the Baby or Toddler Room.
Make bedtime fun
Babies look forward to bedtime when it’s fun. Some of the things you can do to make this time enjoyable are;
● Give them lots of kisses and hugs
● Sing to them
● Give them take a bath first
● Read some storybooks together.
When you do this, they won’t fight you so much when it’s time to sleep because they’ll be looking forward to doing these fun activities before they close their eyes.
Ensure their sleeping area is conducive
It is easier for children to sleep when they have an environment that promotes that. For example, if the lights are on (especially if you have very bright lights), and other devices like TV and phone are also on in the bedroom or there’s loud music playing, then it becomes more difficult for a child to fall asleep. Therefore, it helps to reduce these distractions.
You can also make their sleeping area colourful and fun so they will want to spend time there. For example, you can paint the walls the child’s favourite colour, allow them to put some stickers on the wall, or create charts and hang them in the room.
Praise them when they sleep when they should
Praising a child for doing something good will never go out of style because it works.
When they fall asleep at the appropriate time, let them know the next day that you are proud of them.
We practice this at Tiny Toes Children’s Day Nursery, near Bramhall.
You can also praise them when they manage to sleep through the night and not do not wake up to come to your room.
Sleep training a child can be challenging especially when you don’t know where to begin. However, many parents have successfully done it and you can do the same when you apply the tips discussed in this blog. All the best and happy sleep training!