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Teaching Sleeping Habits: Toddler Sleep Training

Teaching Sleeping Habits: 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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Good advice

4/29/2016
Thanks for the good tips.

Thanks

Patovar7 4/29/2016
we do something kind a similar but we need stop playing with him. Lol

Great tips

Kylie 4/24/2016
Some great tips here. Thanks

Bed time

4/23/2016
My little one sleeps only after reading her favorite story.It took some time to get to this routine.

Thanks

4/23/2016
Very helpful. Thanks