Sleep has been a dream of yours since your bundle of joy was introduced into this world. A good night’s sleep doesn’t have to be a dream. Honesty is needed in a situation like this, and few people are going to give you the truth.
You’re not going to get some sleep for quite some time if you have a little one. It gets better over time, but the first few years are the worst. If you have a baby that sleeps throughout the night, then consider yourself lucky. Most parents aren’t as fortunate as you and they need a helping hand to figure out how to get through this time.
Here we’re going to give a few tips for those who have toddlers. The entire time they were babies, you wished for this day to come. Now they are a toddler, and you’re still not getting any sleep. What gives?
Hopefully at least one of these tips help you get a little more shut-eye at night. Rest is a beautiful thing, and even a few more minutes of it can be the difference between being your usual self and being grumpy.
Make sure your toddler burns off all their energy
This means you’re going to have to take them outside and play. If weather conditions don’t permit going out, then you’ll have to do something inside. A wound-up child is never going to go to bed.
Do you fall asleep immediately if you’re all worked up and full of energy? No, you don’t. You can’t expect a child to be any different. If you want to get any sleep, then get your child moving.
Wear them out to the point where they want to go to sleep. Activity is good for your child, and it’ll make them healthy. Any child who sits around all day isn’t going to be healthy at all. Keep them on the run, and they’ll be too tuckered out to put up a fight at bedtime.
A bedtime snack can make them sleepy
You’re going to want to avoid anything that’s loaded with sugar. It’s also a good idea to watch their sugar intake closely throughout the day. Sugar is a drug, and it does some pretty crazy things to children.
It can make a child so wired that they can’t sleep. A little sugar during the day isn’t so bad. If it’s close to nighttime, avoid sugar at all costs. Don’t be surprised if they want to have a snack with sugar in it. Don’t give it to them. They’ll become hopped up with energy, and you’ll have another one of those nights staying up well past midnight.
Wash your toddler and put them in comfortable clothes
A warm bath can be calming to your toddler. Give them a relaxing bath before bedtime. Sometimes a child may be dirty, and it keeps them awake. This is especially the case if they have a soiled diaper.
You’ll want to keep a close eye on their diaper, but also wash them before going to bed. Put soft, comfortable clothes on them after the shower to make them feel more relaxed. This is one of those little things that can make a big difference. A child has to feel comfortable before they drift off to sleep.
Keep the excitement to a minimum before bed
Your favorite game show is on in the evening, and it’s loaded with bells and flashing lights. Yes, it’s exciting. But, it’s also keeping your toddler awake. You want to set a calming mood before it’s time to go to bed.
That means you shouldn’t do anything that will excite your child. This goes for television, music, and how you talk to them. Anything that supercharges them with excitement will result in you not getting any sleep.
Be as calm as possible, and make sure their surroundings are the same. This is one of those areas that you’re in total control of and that fact seems to slip the minds of quite a few parents.
There’s nothing wrong with your child if they wake up at night
Those aren’t words you wanted to hear. This is undoubtedly the case if you’re a mother. You’ve got to get out bed when your child wakes up at night. All of this is normal, and almost every parent goes through it.
If your child has serious problems going to bed, you may want to talk to a doctor about it. Though, sleepless nights come with the territory of being a parent. The critical thing to take away from here is to oversee the diet of your child and make sure they get plenty of exercise.
Those two things alone will have a significant impact on how sleepy your child is at night. Keep the sugar to a minimum and drain all the energy you possibly can during the day.