Written By: Kelsey Flores
Owner of Peaceful Peanut Infant and Toddler Sleep Consulting
Sleep is an essential component of a child's health and well-being, as it plays a crucial role in their physical and mental development. However, getting a toddler to sleep can be a challenging task, as they tend to have a lot of energy and are easily distracted. In this blog post, we will discuss some essential tips and strategies for getting your toddler to sleep.
1. Create a bedtime routine:
Toddlers thrive on routine, and having a consistent bedtime routine can help them feel more secure and calm. Establishing a regular bedtime routine can help signal to your child that it's time for sleep. A bedtime routine can include activities such as taking a bath, reading a story, or singing a lullaby. Make sure your routine allows for lots of quality time to send your child off to bed feeling comforted and loved.
2. Stick to a consistent sleep schedule:
Consistency is key when it comes to toddler sleep. Try to keep your child's sleep schedule as consistent as possible, including naps and bedtime. This can help regulate their internal clock and make it easier for them to fall asleep. Try to position naps that are about 5 hours after the morning wake up, and 5 hours before bed. Children should continue to nap until at least 3.5 years old.
3. Create a calm sleep environment:
Creating a calm and comfortable sleep environment can help your child feel more relaxed and ready for sleep. Make sure the room is dark, cool, and quiet. Use a white noise machine or a fan to block out any distracting sounds. Allow your child to help make their bedroom their own to make it a safe, comfortable place for them.
4. Limit screen time before bed:
Screen time before bed can disrupt your child's sleep and make it harder for them to fall asleep. Try to limit screen time at least an hour before bedtime. Additionally, monitor what your child is watching on TV. Even things that appear harmless can cause nightmares if they suggests fears to your child.
5. Be patient:
Toddlers can be fussy and resistant when it comes to sleep. It's essential to be patient and understanding with your child. Be prepared to spend some time comforting your child and helping them settle down for sleep.
Healthy habits in infancy translate into toddlerhood and make for a smooth transition. However, it is never too late. Get your child involved in their bedtime routines by giving them choices. Use predictable schedules to avoid overtiredness. Most of all, set up sleep in a way that is sustainable to your family.