Toddler Sleep Problems: Not Sleeping Through The Night

Toddler sleep problems: Help for parents to get their toddlers to sleep through the night. This article will provide tips and advice on how to handle this situation

Getting your toddler to sleep through the night can be quite a challenge to parents. Nothing can be more frustrating than having your toddler wake you up several times a night or staying up late at night playing and refusing to sleep altogether. A tired toddler is hard to handle. He is both crabby and irritable. This can become a hard challenge for parents. Here are a few tips to hopefully help your toddler to sleep.

One of the biggest things that you can do for you and your child is to establish a routine and be consistent. This way your toddler can know what is expected of him. An example of this is, before eating dinner we wash our hands. It has been proven that children who have routines are easier to manage. Plan a nightly routine for your toddler such as after we take our bath, we read a story and then we go to bed. Try to be consistent with your routine. Do it everyday and try not to break your routine. Once you break your routine, it is hard to reestablish.

Have a "wind-down" period everynight before bed. Do not do activities that will increase your toddler's activity level such as wrestling or running around. Do quiet activities and use this as a chance for family time. Offer a bedtime snack. Watch a television show or a video together. Read a book or just talk. These are just a few examples of the many things that your family can do together.

Sometimes a child will not sleep through the night due to a fear. Some common fears for toddlers include thunderstorms, fear of the dark, monsters and just a fear to be alone. Having the blinds closed can take care of the lightening. A radio or having a favorite music tape played can help ease fears. Another thing is having a nightlight. Your child can pick out his own nightlight at the store with his favorite character. You can even give him his own flashlight that he can turn off and on at his own discretion. A favorite, soft blanket, stuffed animal, or doll to sleep with can also help ease his fears. You can allow him to pick out his own bedsheets with his favorite character to help ease fears and provide security. Sometimes laying down with him for a few minutes helps. Try not to let him fall asleep with you in his bed or else you may find yourself laying down with him every night until he falls asleep. This can be a hard habit to break. Every child needs to be able to fall asleep on his or her own.

You need to be firm with your toddler regarding bedtime and staying in his own bed. When you tell him it is bedtime, you have to mean it and enforce it. If you allow your child to get up every few minutes or play with his toys in bed, you are showing your child that you are not serious regarding his bedtime and if you are not serious why should he? Put him in bed at the same time every night. Tuck him in and make sure he has all his security items. Tell him you love him, give him a kiss and tell him you will see him in the morning. If he gets up, repeat this procedure. It will get easier as time goes on. If he gets up in the middle of the night, correct the problem such as offer him a drink if thirsty or change his pajamas and bedsheets if wet. Tuck him back in and repeat the procedure.

These are just a few tips to help you get your toddler to sleep through the night. If problems persist, consult your pediatrician for further advice.

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