What To Do if Your Toddler Refuses to Sleep?
Babies and children are sometimes reluctant to go to sleep, have difficulty falling asleep, or wake up frequently and are just not in the mood. What are some sleep tips that can help children sleep well?
Sleep is necessary, but many children do not like to be put to bed and try to make the day last as long as possible. Sleep problems such as needing a little extra attention, crying, crying for water, or talking about something else are common. It is also common for them to wake up in the middle of the night and cry or keep calling. Children may also wake up scared by strange noises or scary dreams.
Below are some tips to help solve these problems and help your child sleep peacefully when he or she wakes up in the middle of the night.
Sleep Tips for Children (1-2 years old)
A good bedtime tip is to create a bedtime ritual. It is important to “recognize” and “anticipate,” always doing the same things in the same order. This way, the child knows where things are going to be. Gradually become accustomed to the fact that the day is over and it is time to go to sleep.
Invent something they like. An example of a bedtime ritual would be first to take a bath, brush teeth, put on pajamas, and go to bed. Then you can sing a song to your child, turn off the lights, and the baby and stuffed animal give each other a friendly kiss.
Place a familiar stuffed animal or cloth in the crib. Often helps the child sleep again at night.
In case of separation anxiety, a good tip for falling asleep is to rummage around in or outside the room for a while, such as folding laundry. If the child hears your voice, he or she will know that you are not completely gone.
Getting used to Mom and Dad
Sometimes it helps to get used to having both caregivers tucking the child into bed, so you won’t have to worry about one of them not being there later. Sometimes a child won’t accept daddy’s bedtime routine, so mommy can’t go out in the evening (and vice versa).
Avoid Hyper Activities Before Bed
Keep the child quiet and free of rough play before bedtime. If the child is still busy in bed, try to calm him or her. Talk gently to them and stroke their hair or back slowly. Be patient, even if your child doesn’t want to go to bed or is angry that he/she can’t sleep.
Darken the Room
Another important sleep secret is to darken the bedroom. If your child likes, leave a small night light on or leave the door open. For daytime naps, you can leave the curtains open. This way they can better understand the difference between day and night sleep.
Limit the Number of Visits in the Room
If necessary, visit them yourself, but limit the number of visits and try to keep them as brief as possible. Also, don’t make it too bright. This way, mom and dad can show that they are there when they need to be, but they sleep at night, not play.
Bedtime Tips for Toddlers and Preschoolers
For slightly older children who are starting to think a little more about why they don’t want to sleep and what they want to do, you can add the following:
Stay Calm and Consistent
Be clear, calm, and consistent. Observe and listen carefully to your child. But do not give in to pleading, especially if nothing is to be done. Ensure that regular bedtimes are observed; 2-year-olds need an average of 13 hours of sleep per day; 3-year-olds still need 12 hours. Children in this age group often go to bed between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m.
Is your child afraid of the scary alligator under the bed? Don’t laugh or use adult logic to convince them there is nothing there. Better to play and chase the beast away.
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