Children who get enough sleep are happier and have less challenging behavior, but sometimes getting a good night’s sleep is difficult. There may be temporary problems like an illness, changes to routine or family stress, or getting your toddler to sleep may be an ongoing struggle.
It’s important that your toddler gets enough sleep and everyone is happier if they have had a good sleep. Try these sleep tips:
• Toddlers need lots of physical activity and time outside. If it’s raining they can jump in puddles, or you can take them to a toddler program or free play at your local community centre.
• Set a routine. Have regular meal times, activities and nap times. Create a calming bedtime routine.
• Make sure the bedroom isn’t too hot or too cold, and that it’s quiet and dark. Quiet soothing music, white noise or a nightlight may help.
• You child may settle better with a comfort object like a favourite stuffed animal or soft blanket.
• If your toddler is trying to climb out of the crib, it’s time to get a toddler bed.
Once your toddler goes to sleep, he or she may still wake up at night. You can help them learn to sleep through the night.
If you have tried sleep tips from several evidence-based resources, but your toddler still isn’t getting the sleep they need, talk to your Public Health Nurse. Make sure that you’re practicing good sleep habits too.