You put baby sound asleep in his crib and do the victory dance as you walk away, only to hear her wake up 10 minutes later. At home, no one remembers the word “nap” anymore. Really, what is that? Your toddler’s bedtime feels more like a battle that only ends two hours later when he finally falls asleep.
Believe it or not, sleep troubles have the same roots for children of all ages. Good news is there’s an answer and a solution. Here’s the list and what to do:
Do you have a routine at home? If not, it’s time to start one! Routines make the day more predictable for your child. They transition better between activities, including sleeping, and gives them a sense of control over situations. Start by setting times for meals, naps and bedtime, and follow it for at least two weeks. Once your child is sleeping well consistently for a couple of weeks, it’s O.K to deviate a little from the routine once in a while. After all, we all have a life!