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Toddler Sleep Routine

Establishing a healthy toddler sleep routine is crucial for you and your child. Toddlers need plenty of rest during the day and the evening.  Here are some resources for establishing a smooth toddler sleep routine. 

 

Toddlers certainly have their own ideas about what they want or donít want. Unfortunately, going to bed falls into the ďdonít wantĒ category. Getting a cranky toddler to go to bed is no walk in the park yet it is important to establish a good toddler sleep routine to ensure that you have a well rested toddler at all time.

Toddlers need routines to feel safe and also to learn their boundaries. It will take a little patience and perseverance, but gradually your toddler will start to cooperate and you will find the toddler sleep routine will soon run smoothly.

Here are a few Ideas when trying to start a toddler sleep routine:

Give your toddler a soothing bath before bedtime - This could be considered one of the oldest and most successful steps to a toddler sleep routine. A warm bath will soothe and help your toddler calm down before bed. You can add a little lavender or chamomile oil to help your little one relax. Try to keep things calm and donít add too many toys to the bath. This is a time for your toddler to relax.

Toddlers love good story Ė Another tried true additions to your toddler sleep routine could be his/her favorite story.  Your toddler loves listening to the sound of your voice. Engage her in a bedtime story to help her drift off to sleep. Also try making up stories instead of reading. Include your child as one of the characters and talk about things your child will find interesting. Regular bedtime stories and reading to your child will help influence her interests and develop her creativity.

Sing a Lullaby Ė The long loved lullaby does just that, it helps lull babies and toddlers to sleep. Your voice and lulling rhythm of the song will give your toddler security and calm him down. You can also play soft music in their rooms. Just watch the reaction of your toddler. Sometimes even low music can stimulate or irritate very sleepy toddlers.

Donít Surprise Him Ė Not when it comes to bedtime. To ensure a smooth transition into the toddler sleep routine - hold off on the surprises.  About 15 minutes before you start your toddler sleep routine let your toddler know. Try not to say itís time for bed in 15 minutes instead say itís time for a story or a bath in 15 minutes. Some toddlers will automatically go into overdrive if they hear the word bed.

Remind him again about 5 minutes before the time. You can also get him to help you tidy up the toys as a way of preparing for the next activity, the bedtime routine. Once itís time to go, gently tell him that itís time for a story or bath and help him to the bedroom. Your toddler may try to think of a million excuses or things she needs to do at this time but remain calm and insist that itís time to go.

Donít Rush Him Ė Toddlers really donít like being rushed. As a fully fledged parent of a toddler you already know the patience you need to exhibit doing the simplest things like getting your toddler in and out of the car. Bedtime is no different.

If youíre rushing and putting the emphasis on getting them to sleep then your toddler will pick up on that and lash out. To ensure a peaceful toddler sleep routine, try to place the emphasis on spending quiet, quality time with your toddler. Allow yourself plenty of time so that you can get through the whole bedtime routine without rushing and be flexible and allow for little glitches in your routine.

Donít Give In Ė Speak to your toddler before hand about your new bedtime routine, warn him soon before the time. When itís time be firm and consistent. Even the most reasonable of toddlers, will push their boundaries when allowed. Itís a normal part of growing up and development. Remember your toddler looks to you to make all the grownup and important decisions for him.

Sleep is important for all of us and more so for young children. Be consistent in your bedtime routine and even if things donít go well at first keep it up. If youíre consistent your toddler will eventually come around.

It can be challenging to get an active toddler to bed, and establishing a toddler sleep routine is very important.  Try to remain calm and use the suggestions above and remember that most children will respond to a comforting, consistent routine designed to help get them to sleep rather than a mad dash and rush to bed.
 

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