- Watch out for changes to the bedtime routine (for example, their first time in a toddler bed, or cot without bars). However small they are, they could have some effect.
- Don’t worry, they’ll just take a bit of time to readjust.
- Aim for regular bedtimes and naptimes.
- Let them choose their own bedtime story.
- Try a junior nightlight or leave the door ajar if they’re afraid of the dark.
- Try white noise or a selection of soothing sounds for your little one.
- Try letting them settle themselves to sleep — self-soothing is an important life lesson.
- Be nearby to assure them but avoid picking your little one up or taking them out of their room if they cry or fuss.
- Make sure they’re as comfy as can be. Adjust their bedding and nightclothes for changes in temperature. Tuck their favourite toy in with them.
- Try a snack before bedtime if hunger is waking them up. Some milk, or a banana before they brush their teeth may help keep their tummy happy and their heads firmly on the pillow.
- Don’t despair. It can take time to master the art of sleeping, but you’ll get there eventually.
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