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7 Tips on How to Get Sleep with a Toddler

Sometimes, sleep is nonexistent when you have an infant or a toddler. Therefore, I would like to share some tips on how to get sleep with a toddler around.

After becoming a parent you quickly realize that you do not sleep until you can get your toddler to sleep. Therefore, it is important to sleep train your toddler quickly and consistently to protect your sanity. So, here are 7 tips that might help protect your sanity.

Bring on the Sunshine

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Believe it or not, Sunshine is a key part of sleep. Not only in toddlers but adults as well. Sunshine helps suppress melatonin in the body. Melatonin is the hormone that induces sleep.

Therefore, this will help your child feel awake during the day and hopefully sleepy at night.

By allowing bright light in the house during the day or even spending time outside your child will tend to play harder and longer. Therefore, at night allowing his body to produce melanin to fall asleep more quickly.

Create Your Environment

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Is your toddler comfortable when you put him down to sleep? Sometimes that is a hard question to ask. To clarify, look around the room. Your child is no different than you are By saying that, I mean he needs the same type of environment as you do. The sheets need to be soft and comfortable, the room needs to be dark, and sounds need to be minimized.

The environment that you are putting your child to sleep sets the stage for sleep. So, any distractions that you can eliminate will produce a calming effect and allow your child to fall asleep faster.

Be Consistent

Bedtime is like any other routine that you have for your toddler. The more consistent you are the better the results.

A bedtime routine can consist of several things. For example, bath, bedtime story possibly a snack then off to bed.

Most importantly, ensure that you are trying to put your toddler to sleep at the same time every night. The same goes for waking him up in the morning.

Turn Off the Screens

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Screen activity via TV or computer screen produces blue light that has been found to reduce the production of melanin.

A recent study found that watching TV, computer light, or video games before bed can keep your toddler up an extra 30 – 60 minutes.

Therefore, it is recommended to read a book or create some other light activity at night prior to bedtime.

Reduce Stress

The stress hormone cortisol plays a key role in sleep for your toddler. To clarify, when cortisol levels are high it is hard for your child to relax and go to sleep. So, it is important to reduce stress at night.

Remember to stay calm and create a calm atmosphere. Keep your voice down as well as any other noise.

Do not Focus on Sleep

Sometimes, focusing on sleep has the opposite effect. As a result, you can increase your toddler’s anxiety by insisting that it is bedtime now. To clarify, try focusing on relaxation and remaining calm. This will produce less stress and more melanin.

Forget the Fears

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Fear is a real thing in a toddler. It is hard to believe that your 2-year-old can develop fear at such a young age. Where can it possibly come from? A child’s environment can create fear. The way we as parents act around our kids, the things we say, things that are said around us that are not in our control can produce fear.

Even watching a harmless TV show can produce fear. My grandson has developed several fears that we have had to overcome. For example, at his daycare, they were playing with dinosaurs and that night he was scared that a dinosaur was in his room. And there are plenty of other fears that come up almost nightly.

The best thing you can do to help alleviate fear is to discuss them with your toddler. Simply dismissing them is not necessarily the correct approach. To clarify, choose a time during the day to discuss fears that is not at bedtime. Your child is very smart and will quickly learn that he can stall bedtime if allowed to discuss fears during the bedtime routine.

Final Thoughts

I have just discussed several tips to help you develop good sleep training habits for you and your toddler. There are many techniques out there that can be used.

The key sometimes is trial and error. That is to say if a particular technique does not work find a different one. Do not give up just find whatever works for your situation and your toddler. Certainly, as difficult as it seems there is always time to try another way.

If you have an experience that you would like to share or any other question or comment please leave your comment below I will reply and try to help you in any way I can. Thank you for reading my article I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this subject.

2 Comments

  1. Ooooh yay im so happy thank you for writing this post, all the others just weren’t as great and very hard to understand. This page will definitely be getting a lot of views in the future. Toddlers can just be such energized bunnies sometimes and others times they just run out of battery so thanks for al the help!

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