Learning how to get toddler to sleep through the night is an essential part of a complete sleep routine for your toddler and for you. Remember, sometimes toddlers will wake up during the night for reasons other than sleep problems.
For example, physical pains (teething or infections), sleep apnea, or fears anxiety and stresses. Ensure that none of these is the primary reason for their sleep interruption first.
How To Get Toddler To Sleep Through The Night – Practical Strategies
- Keep the room cool, overheating will disrupt your toddlers sleeping process
- Keep the room dark and use night lights to light it. A rule of thumb is that you should be able to read in it. The dimmer the better. Artificially light will stimulate the ‘play’ side of your toddler’s brain which will keep them up for longer.
- Limit screen time directly before bedtime. All electronic devices impact our body’s biological signal to stay awake. This is more so in toddlers so try to limit all screen time at least 1.30 minutes before bedtime.
- Get the sleep routine correct. Try to strategically set up a bedtime that allows you to utilize nap time in the day as well. For example, if nap time is in the middle of the day, leave around 5 hours either side of it to go to sleep and wake up. i.e. Wake up time 8am, nap time 1 pm – 3 pm, bedtime 8 pm.
My Child Refuses To Go To Bed
If your child refuses to go to bed then you need to pinpoint where this behaviour is coming from and nip it in the bud. Most children try to extend the bedtime curfew as much as possible, but with some persistent, they will usually fold and end up sleeping.
If your child refuses to go to bed for longer durations then you may have to think outside the box.
Here are some reasons why a child refuses to go to bed and what you can do about it.
1. Different sleep expectations
Some children can operate on 9 hours of sleep a night, while others need 11 or more to feel well-rested. Try to understand how much sleep your child actually needs by keeping a sleep diary.
2. Too excited to sleep
This is common amongst all children and happens when they are so enthralled with the fun that they don’t want to leave it, especially when the family from out of town are here.
Try to take this one with a pinch of salt. It’s only temporary and sometimes pushing too hard will just trigger even more anxiety and make it more difficult for them to go to sleep.
3. The transition to bedtime isn’t right
If they have been watching TV for hours and then have to turn it off and go to bed it’s unlikely they will be able to go down without a fight. TV signals, computer and anything that puts out radiation interferes with the natural body signals for rest and relation.
Try to limit screen time before bedtime.
4. They are too tired
Being too tired can have just as big an impact as not being tired enough. If your child has had a very impactful day and has had to carry several stresses through the day they may be unable to sleep as they have so much on their mind.
5. Showing more Independence
They may feel as if they are old enough to go to bed later or that they don’t need as much sleep as you think they do. Power struggles happen amongst children of all ages and to combat them you’ll need to adopt effective discipline strategies.
Learning When Is Baby Ready For Toddler Bed and When To Put Child In Toddler Bed takes time and patience. Remember to check for the signs they are ready to transition into a big bed and give them a good sleeping routine.
This will help them to sleep easy and more stress free in their new bed!