This Simple Trick Will Make Your Baby Fall Asleep Easily This Simple Trick Will Make Your Baby Fall Asleep Easily
What are the most common toddler sleep issues? Two of the most common toddler sleep problems are struggling to fall asleep on their own,... This Simple Trick Will Make Your Baby Fall Asleep Easily

What are the most common toddler sleep issues?

Two of the most common toddler sleep problems are struggling to fall asleep on their own, and waking frequently in the night.

What causes toddler sleep problems?

If your toddler has always been a bad sleeper, they may have developed poor sleep habits over time, which need addressing. But there are a number of other things which can impact your toddler’s sleep patterns, including:

 

  • going through a developmental leap
  • being overstimulated at bedtime
  • nightmares
  • big changes at home eg new siblings or new room
  • illness/teething
  • hunger/thirst

 


What can I do to help my toddler fall to sleep on their own?

Many children struggle to fall asleep without being held or rocked or sucking on a dummy or bottle. If your toddler can’t fall asleep on their own they’ll also struggle to get back to sleep when they wake in the night.

 

It’s best to avoid using things like music and lights to help soothe your toddler to sleep. A bedtime routine along with putting them to bed drowsy, but not overtired, will help them fall asleep on their own.

 

What makes a good bedtime routine?

The key is to be consistent, so your toddler knows that it is time for sleep. Make your bedtime routine comforting and relaxing. A bath followed by a bedtime story, a drink and a cuddle can work well.

 

What can I do to help my toddler sleep through the night?

If your toddler wakes up regularly through the night it’s important to always respond in the same way. If you let them sleep in your bed one night, they’ll expect to every time.

 

If your toddler wakes crying, go to comfort them, speaking quietly to reinforce the idea that it’s time for sleep. Once they are settled, leave them to fall back to sleep on their own. You may have to repeat this several times until they finally drift off.

 

A teddy or comforter that your child sleeps with every night may help them soothe themselves back to sleep.

 

Will stopping daytime naps help my toddler sleep better?

Rather than encouraging your child to sleep more on a night, stopping daytime naps might actually have the opposite effect. If your toddler is overtired when they go to bed, they may find it harder to sleep through the night.

 

If you think they are napping too much, or they are wide awake at bedtime, try shifting their nap forward. You could also gently wake them after a set time.

 

How do I help my toddler deal with nightmares?

Nightmares can be very distressing for a toddler as they can’t tell the difference between dreams and reality.

 

If your child has a nightmare, respond quickly and comfort them until they have calmed down. Talking about happy things in a soothing tone can help them relax, or they may want to discuss their dream.

 

If they’re scared to go to sleep, make sure they have a favourite toy with them. Having a night light on or the bedroom door open can also help.

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  • Keyana Diaz

    September 6, 2016 #1 Author

    This will help me with my daugther thank you!

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  • Morgan

    September 6, 2016 #2 Author

    how do I know if my toddler is having a nightmare? most nights she sleeps alone, she does use a pacifier to help but she will stay in her own bed. other times, she will wake up to come get in my bed but I dont know if its from a nightmare

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  • Jasmine lee

    September 6, 2016 #3 Author

    To help a baby and or toddler fall asleep .. after giving them a bath, rub lotion in a circular motion on there stomach. Works like a charm for my 2 year old

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  • Alyshia Mitchell

    September 6, 2016 #5 Author

    After I feed my baby a good dinner , bath him in Johnsons and Johnsons bed time wash and give him a cup of milk , he be sleep before he can finish the entire cup!!

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  • Passion

    September 6, 2016 #6 Author

    Great tips my son is teething

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  • Richard

    September 6, 2016 #7 Author

    Taking all this to heed I needed this, my son is a tough cookie when I try to put him to sleep.

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  • Menissa

    September 6, 2016 #8 Author

    This is so true you have to put a baby on a schedule so there sleep pattern will be in tack

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  • Masuzyo Ngambi

    September 7, 2016 #9 Author

    My baby always sleeps with a tity in his mouth. Will try and employ what I have read here.

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  • Simoane

    September 7, 2016 #10 Author

    Thank you, I will definitely use these tips to help my 2 year old stay sleep during the night..

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  • Destiny Simmons

    September 7, 2016 #11 Author

    I will definitely use this because my baby likes to stay up all night and sleep all day

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  • Trish

    September 7, 2016 #12 Author

    This is really helpful! My son had trouble falling asleep ! I would def try this!! Thanks

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  • Taneisha Brager

    September 8, 2016 #13 Author

    Sometimes I cuddle with my babies until they fall asleep..

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  • NAEJAH BENTLEY

    September 8, 2016 #14 Author

    I will definitely try this! My daughter knows how to put herself back to sleep while waking in the middle of the night but as far as putting herself to bed I have to rock her! Hopefully I’ll see a change once I use these tips!!

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  • Felicia Lattimore

    September 8, 2016 #15 Author

    My grandson likes to play a lot at night so I’ll definitely be trying some of these great ideas on him.

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  • Diesha Crocker

    September 13, 2016 #16 Author

    My toddlers are adorable

    Reply

  • Tam Lewis

    September 17, 2016 #17 Author

    I always thought if my kids take nap they are not going to go to sleep at night on time..

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  • Nikki chante

    September 30, 2016 #18 Author

    Thanks my daughter wakes up frequently during the night

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  • Ariella

    October 7, 2016 #19 Author

    My son just got of pacifiers this will definitely help

    Reply

  • tricia

    October 18, 2016 #20 Author

    i wish i could get my 3 year old to sleep. she akways on the go.

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