Teaching Sleeping Habits: Toddler Sleep Training

Teaching Sleeping Habits: Toddler Sleep Training

Many a toddler will do anything to avoid falling asleep ⎯ crying, asking for drinks of water, even getting out of bed. Follow these guidelines 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 gears, 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. Other calming activities include listening to quiet music, reading a story, or having a bath. Resist the urge to play with your toddler, as this will make him excited rather than relaxed.

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

Make bedtime comfortable
Let your child take her beloved teddy bear or blanket to bed with her. Allow one drink of water and then turn on a nightlight before closing the door.

Pause before answering a call
Children this age are likely to call out to you after you leave the room. With each entreaty, wait a few seconds longer. When you do answer, remind her 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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Great routine

Katie 11/30/2015

The routine part is great as it helps relax and wind down their busy little bodies!!



hard to get in a routine with multiple kids and bedtimes, but it pays off!

Omg he won't sleep in his bed


My 14 month son at 13.5 months started climbing out of his crib and started refusing to sleep in hi own crib wanting to sleep in our be as we still have him in our room due to space in our apt. We're working towards buying our own home so he can have his own room which will make this it easier. He began to become terrified of his crib like screaming scared jst horrified of the bars and confinement of a crib so we got him a toddler bed and I used baby gates to fence off his own area which include

Routines are sooo important


I was having hard time to keep the routine for my little one, but really, once it builds up, the nap time goes more smooth!

Good read


Great info.

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