7 ways to get your little one to sleep
Good sleep is crucial for your little one's physical and mental development as it allows their bodies to recharge and grow. A consistent sleep routine also helps promote better behaviour, cognitive functioning, and overall well-being. Moreover, sufficient sleep can improve their mood and help them regulate their emotions more effectively.
Here are 7 tips to help get your toddler to sleep:
Stick to a consistent sleep routine
Establishing a predictable sleep routine can help your little one fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Incorporate soothing activities like a calming bath and bedtime story to help create a calming environment.
Use mood lighting
Avoid bright lights in the bedroom and opt for dimmer, soothing lighting instead. This can help signal to your little one that it's time to wind down and prepare for sleep.
Establish a calm atmosphere
Keep the bedroom quiet and calm to create a soothing environment that promotes relaxation.
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Sleep regression is a temporary disruption in a toddler's sleep pattern that typically occurs around certain developmental milestones. During sleep regression, your little one may experience difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up frequently during the night.
Ditch late-night screen time
The blue light from electronic devices can interfere with the body's natural sleep-wake cycle, making it harder for your little one to fall asleep. Avoid screen time in the hour leading up to bedtime.
Be prepared for nighttime waking
It's normal for toddlers to wake up in the middle of the night, so be prepared with a plan to soothe your child back to sleep. This might involve gentle reassurance, singing or humming a low tune, or simply being present in the room until they drift off again.
Focus on physical health
A healthy diet and regular exercise can help promote better sleep for toddlers. Encourage physical activity during the day and ensure that your little one is eating a balanced diet that provides the nutrients they need to support healthy growth and development.
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