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Sleep Issue Solutions for Toddlers
As your baby gets older and turns into a toddler, they’ll start to need less sleep during the day, but about 11 hours or so at night, and if you’re anything like me and you like to doze off for a few minutes or maybe escape into that good book you want to read, say bye-bye to that, or once you get in the swing of knowing your toddlers’ schedule then adjust your time accordingly to get things done, while your little one naps. You’ll be transitioning to fewer naps and even a cranky tired baby can have difficulty getting to sleep.
If your child will go to bed only if you’re around, he’s forming bad habit that will be hard to break later. The best lesson you can teach him is how to soothe himself to sleep. Follow a nightly bedtime ritual (bath, books, and bed, for example) so he knows what’s expected of him and what to expect at night. You can tell him that if he stays in bed you’ll come back in five minutes to check on him. Let him know that he’s safe and that you’ll be nearby.
Toddlers are great negotiators, and they’re no different when it comes to bedtime. And because they so enjoy the time they spend with you, they’ll do what they can to prolong the time they have with you. Your child may take his time doing his usual nightly routine, ask repeatedly for a glass of water, or keep requesting that you come to his room because he needs something. If you suspect he’s stalling, don’t let him. Tell him it’s time for bed and that he can finish working on his art project the next day or find the stuffed bunny the following morning. Make the nighttime routine more “business like” when you kiss your baby and tuck him/her in. Don’t wait around for your baby to fuss. Just leave and close the door and wait about ten minutes before you go back in the room.
Sometimes it’s just a battle for control. Your toddler wants to control his environment as much as possible. You can’t force him to fall asleep. Try reverse psychology and tell him he doesn’t have to go to sleep, but can play in his crib or bed. Eventually, he’ll fall asleep on his own. Don’t give up hope mama. I know you want that glass of wine or two, or you may have a workload to do after you get your child to sleep. Just be patient with your little one, it will get better over time and bed time is precious time we get with our little ones. Just remember to enjoy it all, because they grow up so fast!
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