5 Top Tips For Toddler Sleeping
Besides this normal defiance, below are common reasons why toddlers fight bedtime and the various ways you can help them to get past these sleep obstacles.
Your toddler is over excited—too wound up from the TV, playing energetically, or something they're consuming (like sugary juice, sweets, artificial colours & flavours, cold medicine, or a dose of caffeine from colas, Dr Pepper, Mountain Dew, tea or chocolate).Tip 1: Limit food and drink before bedtime and keep meals 1-2 hours away (at least) from bedtime.
Something is irritating them —bright lights, loud noises, or discomfort ( teething, too cold, has a stuffy nose or itchy pyjamas, ate dinner too late, etc.). It can be particularly difficult during summer when the sun lasts well into the evening, & your toddler may be confused as to why you're putting them to bed when the sun is still out - erm isn't it daytime?
They're nosy and stubborn—does not want to go to their own room because they want to see what everyone else is doing.
They're hooked on your help—has not yet learned how to fall asleep without you rocking, feeding, or holding them.
Your bedtime timing is off—you are putting your toddler to bed too early (they're not tired) or too late (they're overtired and wired).
Tip 6: One of the best ways to get your toddler to sleep is to work on bedtime skills—all day long. That means sticking to a routine. Make sure your toddler has the same wake up and sleep times each day. Also, make sure that their nap time is not too late in the day to avoid any interference with their bedtime.
Try our tips to get your toddler to sleep, and don't give up! It can be hard for a parent (when you're the one who wants to sleep but isn't getting any), we're with you - but it is a completely normal phase for your child to go through, so remember that you're doing a great job, keep trying our solutions and you may find a few techniques that work for you & your toddler.