Sleep Training for Toddlers

Getting enough sleep is essential for your toddler's healthy development, not to mention your sanity. Here's how to help your child slow down, switch down a gear and head off into the Land of Nod.

Create a routine
Start each night with a relaxing routine: changing into pajamas, brushing his teeth and washing his face every night will help establish that these are the things that happen before bedtime. Resist the urge to excite your child with more games.

Be consistent
Stick with the same routine. When bedtime rolls around, he'll know what is expected of him.

Make it comfortable
Let your child take his beloved teddy bear or blanket to bed with him. Allow one drink of water and then turn on a nightlight before closing the door. This gives him fewer excuses for climbing out of bed again.

Pause before answering a call
With each time he calls for you, wait a few seconds longer. When you do answer, remind him that it's bedtime. If you go into her room, leave the light off and make it quick.

Be patient
Teaching a toddler good sleep habits doesn't happen overnight. Keep doing the same thing at bedtime and eventually your toddler will learn to go along with the plan.

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