5 surprising sleep tips for your toddler Health

The most challenging time of the day for many new parents is putting their toddler to bed. At this age, children often find it difficult to fall asleep. Toddlers are becoming more aware of their surroundings, so distractions during bedtime can disturb them. Her developing fantasies can disturb her sleep. Lack of sleep for your child can cause a range of health problems, including obesity, ADHD, and mood swings. Through a combination of sleep hygiene, age-appropriate routines, and careful attention to any sleep issues, you can help your child get the rest they need to grow into a strong and healthy young adult. (Also read: Tips for new parents on “normal” baby sleep that deviates from the cultural norm )

Mica and Chelsea, children’s sleep experts, shared five surprising sleep tips for toddlers on their Instagram account.

1) “Never wake a sleeping baby!” Limit each nap to 2-2.5 hours during the day. Newborns can easily end up with what we call day and night confusion, and it can help them regulate their days and nights by simply limiting all naps.

2) “You can’t develop bad habits in the newborn phase.” OK, while that’s true (and we don’t really think of a lot of things as bad habits), habits can certainly be formed by around eight months of age, when our newborns are beginning to develop their ability to recognize sequences and patterns. Therefore, we recommend that you establish a sustainable bedtime and nap routine.

3) “Babies sleep when they want.” Imagine all the times you knew you were tired but didn’t fall asleep. Especially for babies with short waking times, even a tiny deviation in waking time can mean the difference between a great nap or a struggling baby. Waking times really are the best indicator of adjusting to your child’s biological rhythm, and finding the direction to increase this over time will help you keep up with their ever-changing sleep needs in the first six months .

4) “Don’t use a schedule, only sleepy hints.” Drowsiness cues are really great for the newborn phase, but unfortunately after 11-12 weeks of age, drowsiness cues mean so much more than “sleepy” making it really difficult to base your entire sleep schedule on drowsiness cues at 12 weeks.

5) “Make your baby tired!” That’s not entirely wrong – preparing your child for regression and getting a really good night’s sleep really depends on the tummy position.

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