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How to handle toddler sleep problems

You know they’re tired, but they refuse to listen — and try as you will, the land of nod seems but a distant dream. Here are a few tips to help with your toddler’s sleep problems, from junior nightlights to soothing sounds for your little one.

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to read Jan 27, 2021

Tips

  • 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.
  • Watch our Time for Bed video to find out what happens when your little one sleeps and how you can help them get the amount they need.
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