You’ll expect your baby to have erratic sleep patterns but it’s also common for toddlers to find it hard to get to sleep, wake in the night and have difficulty sleeping.
If your child is having sleep problems there are a number of things you can do to help. Simple ways to settle your child:
Create a simple and familiar routine for bedtime, for example, feed, bath and bed.
Give your child time to settle. Don't go back into the room right away if they fail to settle, but don't leave them for so long they become distressed.
Some toddlers settle better if it’s quiet in the evenings, while others prefer natural house noises, as it's reassuring to know you're nearby.
Make sure your child winds down before bed.
If your toddler keeps getting up after you've put them to bed, you need to be firm and take them back again - it may take time, but eventually they'll get the message.
Waking in the night:
Remember everyone's sleep patterns vary – some people need eight hours or more, others can manage on just five or six.
If you've always rocked, stroked or sung your child to sleep when they first go to bed, they may find it difficult to get back to sleep on their own if they wake in the night.
When you go in to comfort your child, keep the lights low and speak quietly.
Waking too early:
Use thick blinds or curtains to make your child’s room darker so the morning light doesn't wake them.
Provide safe toys for your child to play with in the mornings, until the rest of the family is awake.
If your child's a natural early riser, you may just have to be patient.
Once children start school, they tend to sleep for longer.
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