Teaching Sleeping Habits: Toddler Sleep Training

Teaching Sleeping Habits: Toddler Sleep Training

Your child is crying, he wants a glass of water – all you want is for him to get some sleep. Follow these steps to help with toddler sleep training.

Getting enough sleep is essential for your toddler's healthy development, not to mention your sanity. Here's how to help your child slow down, switch down a gear and head off into the Land of Nod.

Create a routine
Start each night with a relaxing routine: changing into pajamas, brushing his teeth and washing his face every night will help establish that these are the things that happen before bedtime. Resist the urge to excite your child with more games.

Be consistent
Stick with the same routine. When bedtime rolls around, he'll know what is expected of him.

Make it comfortable
Let your child take his beloved teddy bear or blanket to bed with him. Allow one drink of water and then turn on a nightlight before closing the door. This gives him fewer excuses for climbing out of bed again.

Pause before answering a call
With each time he calls for you, wait a few seconds longer. When you do answer, remind him that it's bedtime. If you go into her room, leave the light off and make it quick.

Be patient
Teaching a toddler good sleep habits doesn't happen overnight. Keep doing the same thing at bedtime and eventually your toddler will learn to go along with the plan.

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karenwang110 07/27/2015

It really takes time for my little one to go to sleep without breastfeeding. We are still trying on this and hopefully we can make it.

Like Clockwork


Ugh. My daughter is 2 and still ends up in our bed every night. She will randomly sleep in her own bed about 1 night a month. We have a solid routine we have a treat bucket if she sleeps all night in her own bed. It's hard to let her cry it out when her big brother is sleeping next door and both Mommy and Daddy work full time. I plan on letting her cry it out this Friday night...I said that last Friday too. I guess I should buy some coffee and suck it up for a week or two.

It will happen one day?


My 4 year still trys to convince me she doesn't need to sleep. We keep the same routine as mention in the article! Eventually she passes out, just keep with it. At least my husband and I tell each other.

Go along with it?


My toddler will be 3 in 2 short months, but sleeping through the night hasn't been something that he's been good at. Everything mentioned above is what we do, every single night and for the past year and a half it hasn't worked.....

A plan you say


My baby sleeps well but is nursing and will get up once for a refill in the night. As for following a plan. That shifts every few weeks. Lord save us all if she is teething any plan jumps out the window.

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