Five tips for helping your toddler to sleep
Toddler sleep problems are extremely common, and whether the problem is getting them to bed in the first place, or getting them to sleep through without waking you up, it can all add up to many frustrating and exhausting nights. Fortunately, there are many solutions that will help both you and your little one to get a more restful night’s sleep. Follow these 5 top tips and soon you’ll both be sleeping like a baby.
A bath, followed by a story before kissing the stuffed toys and tucking them in, and a lullaby with the lights off is one example of a simple but effective routine. Toddlers have to have a set bedtime so that their body starts to expect to sleep at a particular hour. An earlier bedtime is best since if your little one gets overtired, they will find it more difficult to sleep because of the cortisol and adrenaline that kicks in to make sure they can stay awake, so aim for round 6.30-7.30pm.
Staying warm will also make sure your toddler has the best chance of staying asleep, so if they often kick off their covers, consider getting pyjamas with feet so they can stay cosy. Making sure their favourite cuddly toys are surrounding them will also help them to feel more reassured if they wake in the night.
Starting slowly is often the best way. Begin by carrying out your usual routine and then cuddling him until he goes to sleep. You can then progress to touching but not holding him, and then to just holding hands. Soon you’ll be able to just sit next to the bed, and then move a little further away each night until, you’re finally outside the door.
Follow these five tips, and hopefully you’ll soon find that your little one starts to learn to sleep through the night, allowing you both to get good quality rest. Check out the links below for more tips and hacks, that we love here at Great British Nannies!
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