There’s nothing that can ruin a good night’s sleep quite as a toddler can. Here’s some advice on how you (and your tot) can get enough shut-eye every night to ensure a bright and happy start to each day. We call it solutions to toddler sleep problems.
Understand the insanity of parenting while half-awake
Sleep is a terribly underrated thing, and as a parent, you’ll experience that first hand. Life before kids was amazing. You probably cared about sleep in a way, but by no means was it one of the most precious and elusive activities in your life. These days, it seems like you’d kill for some good sleep.
Kids, on the other hand, don’t seem to appreciate the idea of sleeping. At all. Even though its critical for their development at every stage, all parents fight with their kids over their sleep patterns at one stage or another.
We get it: all kids are different. And what works for one parent might not be ideal for the next. But here at Kiddles, we’ve gone through it all. And we have some of our own tricks that might just help you tackle your toddler’s sleep problems more effectively!
Why toddlers have issues with bedtime
Before your little human entered into the toddler years, you thought you’d probably never get a good night’s rest again. You’ve just emerged from the endless cycle of sleep deprivation, and you’ve probably learnt all about bad sleeping habits. But the toddler terrain is a whole new game as far as sleeping is concerned.
Toddlers need consistent bedtime routines. And the only way to get them to go the heck to sleep already is by being firm. Although this might be easier said than done at times.
Amazing solutions to toddler sleep problems
Set up and stick to a bedtime routine
Digital screens are taboo before bedtime, and as with adults, toddlers also need to be eased into bedtime routines. Make sure you dim the lights and give your kid a nice cuddle before reading them a book before bedtime. Your bedtime routine should be anywhere from 30 minutes up to 20 minutes before your kid should be sleeping. Keep in mind that toddlers need between ten and eleven hours of sleep at night in order to avoid morning crankiness.
Keep things consistent
In order for the bedtime routine to really work, everyone in the family needs to be pulling his or her weight to maintain it. By doing the same steps each night, you’ll help your little human fall asleep faster because his or her body will naturally start cueing that its sleepy time.