Toddler Sleep Hacks
Toddler Sleep Hacks
Quick Start Guide
First. There is NO one-size fits-all solution to getting your child to sleep. Every child is their own human. Every situation unique.
Second. Rest should be restful, not stressful. It gets better.
Third. Great sleep is within reach with a little thought, a little creativity and a little practice.
I’ve put together this list of some top tips and tricks we’ve come across.
We are not experts. We are not doctors. We’ve talked with a lot of families and consider fellow parents ‘friends’- So as a parent to a parent - This guide is for you :)
Solving the sleep problem.
Why are they not sleeping well?
Some common issues:
- Too tired
- Want to play
- Not tired
- We go through cycles of understanding and learning.
- As we experience new things, we attempt to understand.
- When there’s not great understanding, then fear can creep in
When you address these three areas you are giving your toddler a Comfortable, Focused and Safe place to rest.
There are some things we can control and some things we cannot control.
Focus on what you can control and Don’t try to control the things that are outside your control.
Do your best each time and you’ll see progress.
Hack # 1: Routine.
- Consistency helps everyone fall into a natural rhythm. When you’re fighting it, it’s an uphill battle
- Some parents put their kids to bed at 7pm
- We let ours stay up til 11pm for her first year and a half (We worked in restaurant industry)
- Time doesn’t matter as much as CONSISTENCY
- Complicated routine or simple routine, doesn’t matter. Routine is what’s important.
Hack #2: Bananas (they’re full of goodness, specifically potassium, magnesium)
Hack #3: Weighted blanket
Hack #4: Lavender Oil
Hack #5: Sleep Cycle Re-start
- Wake up in middle of night? Change sleep cycle by lightly waking them before you go to bed (after they’ve been asleep for a while)
Hack #6: Too tired? Not tired enough?
- It’s hard to fall asleep when you’re too tired.
- Take inventory on naps, how long in between and figure out the # of hours of sleep each day of an average week
- Here’s a Nap Guide
Hack #7: Visual Routine
Some kids love to see the visual routine -
- Charts showing all the steps - brush teeth, jammies, story, etc.
- Some kids care. Some just care about the stickers :)
Hack #8: “Options”
- As a parent, one of my favorite tricks is the “Choice” tip.
Hack #9: The “I don’t really care if my daughter sleeps on the floor” hack
- They know what’s comfortable, they can choose. If they’re resting and sleeping, Most of the time, that’s fine by me.
Hack #10: Get an Alarm clock
Hack #11: Bed-time pass
- Another Boundary creator - Of course we want to be there for our children, but we also don’t want to be taken advantage of.
- Bedtime pass is a physical, actual pass that they give me when they choose to use it for anything. When it’s gone, it’s time to stay in bed, head on pillow.
Hack #12: No pressure to sleep.
- Sometimes I hear “I just can’t fall asleep!”
- So I tell our daughter she can stay up all night, only rule is, she has to keep her head on pillow, no up and down playing etc.
Hack #13: Sometimes need to ‘work it out themselves’
- A call and a scream can mean a dozen different things.
- I assumed I knew the difference, then I tried waiting it out instead of getting up at the first little wake.
- Takes a fair amount of discretion, but learning to work through getting back to sleep on your own is an important skill that your child will have to learn at some point.
Hack #14: Change sleepwear
- We all know some pjs are more comfy than others. Why wouldn’t it be for our kids?
- A midnight change of jammies can help re-set
Hack #15: Change bedding
Hack #16: Black out blinds (especially when the early morning sun)
Hack #17: Dairy Products. (Cookies and Milk ;) )
Hack #18: A ‘their size’ pillow
What are your top parenting hacks? Send ‘em in and I’ll include them in the next update!
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