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
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
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
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
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
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