Toddler Sleep – how to get your little one to drift off peacefully!
If you have a toddler in the house, you know that getting them to nod off to sleep during the day isn’t usually difficult at all. However, the challenge comes when you want them to sleep soundly through the night!
The subject of toddler sleep is a varied one, as your little tyke is unique from anyone else.
What works for one toddler, may not work for yours, and it is usually a process of trial and error to find the perfect technique to get your child sawing logs peacefully each night. Yet, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some common principles you can learn to help. Let’s look at some sleep situations you may face with your toddler, and possible solutions to the problem as well.
Just as every toddler has a personality of their own, you will find that they differ when it comes to toddler sleep as well. One child may be easy to handle and never give you problems, simply finding a natural sleep rhythm all on their own. This type of toddler is a joy to have, and you will be thankful if yours is one of these easy sleepers. Do you need to do anything further? The answer is no, your toddler has taken care of all the work for you! Simply sit back and let them dream each night.
However, perhaps you are like many many parents and aren’t quite so lucky when it comes to toddler sleep as your little one can be a difficult challenge. They may refuse to be put down in the evening for bed, finding new reserves of energy you didn’t know they had! If this is the case there are a few strategies you can employ to make your toddlers transition into sleep a bit easier.
The number one thing you can do, is keep them awake slightly more during the day. While you don’t want to deprive your toddler of the sleep they need, they may be napping frequently for long periods in the day time hours, but not sleeping well at night. Clearly, a night of restful sleep is better for them than several naps broken apart throughout the day, so if this is the case you will need to gently reform their schedule.
How can you do so? When your toddler gets tired during the day, you can keep them busy and engaged in an activity they love. However, if they are truly tuckered, your toddler will doze off no matter what you do. That’s fine, and to be expected in toddler sleep. Simply wake them up after a more reasonable time, rather than letting them sleep for several hours at a time. This will ensure that when evening approaches, your toddler will be more than ready for sleep.
Of course, this is just one part of creating a good toddler sleep routine but it’s certainly a good step in the right direction. For more information on the process of helping your toddler sleep, Click Here.