How to Prevent Toddler Night Wakings
Updated: Mar 30, 2022
Remember, poor naps or skipped naps the day before affects the next 24 hours of your baby's sleep.
Three Key Elements That Can Help Curb Toddler Night Wakings
Today I'm keeping it simple. Sometimes simple is good. It keeps us focused on just enough to produce the right results. As with all things, it takes time to see the results when you implement change. So try and spend the week focusing on these three things. Then you can attempt a few more tweaks so to continue the positive progress towards eliminating those night wakings.
1. Good Naps
Little kids have less stamina, they need a quick recharge to make it to bedtime. If you run them dry, they'll be working off their reserve and the resulting sleep at night is not restful, but full of wakings.
Remember, poor naps or skipped naps the day before affects the next 24 hours of your baby's sleep. The timing of these naps are just as important and can really throw bedtime off if naps are placed at unsuitable times.
2. Get a Clock
They might be too little to tell time, but if your toddler can recognize colors, you can easily train your toddler to leave their bed only at an appropriate time. I've taken a cheap IKEA clock and colored in the number 7 with their favorite color. Works like magic. Head to my products page for more sleept training clock recommendations.
3. Short Bedtime Routine
Establish a good 20-30minute consistent bedtime routine. Anything longer, your child may lose track of the next steps. Any shorter, it may not serve as a sufficient cue to prime your child for night sleep.
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