Babies generally have erratic sleep patterns, but it’s also common for toddlers to struggle sleeping. You may have a little one who finds it hard to get to sleep, or maybe wakes in the night. But there are things you can do to help – also known as toddler sleep training.
Simple ways to settle your child
Create a simple and familiar routine for bedtime - for example, feed, bath then bed
Give your child time to settle – Don't go back into the room straightaway if your child doesn’t want to lie down. However don't leave little ones so long they become distressed
Some toddlers settle better if it’s quiet in the evenings, while others prefer natural house noises, as it's reassuring to know you're nearby
Make sure your child winds down before bed
If your toddler keeps getting out of bed at night, you need to be firm, taking them back again. This may take time, but eventually your child will understand
Waking in the night
Remember, everyone's sleep patterns vary – some people need eight hours or more, while others can manage on just five or six
If you've always rocked, stroked or sung your child to sleep in bed, your little one may find it difficult to get back to sleep without assistance upon waking in the night
When you go in to comfort your child, keep the lights low and speak quietly
Waking too early
Use thick blinds or curtains to make your child’s room darker and to block out the morning light
Provide safe toys for your child to play with in the mornings, until the rest of the family is awake
If your child's a natural early riser, you may just have to be patient
Once children start nursery or school, they tend to sleep for longer
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