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Toddler Sleep Tips

A few weeks ago I had a friend ask me how I keep Cristian in his bed all night until an appropriate time in the morning. So I shared with her, a couple of the things that I’ve put in place to help Cristian with this.

I will start by saying that this is what works for us, every child is different and responds differently to the things you introduce. This is not sponsored; I chose these products because they work for us. There is no miracle or one solution for every child, however there are things that you can try that can improve behaviours. The following tips may encourage your child to stay in bed all night or settle off to sleep alone.

1. GROCLOCK: We introduced this to Cristian when he was still in his cot. I believe he was about 18 months old. If you haven’t seen them before, I highly recommend that you look into them. There are many different types of Sleep Training clocks on the market, so you can choose one that will work best for your child. We made a huge deal about this when we introduced it so that he would be excited about it. It basically has stars on when they sleep and then the sun comes up when it’s time to wake; you set their wake up time to what works for you and your child. This is also a great night light as you can adjust the brightness of the stars. When Cristian goes to bed he says goodnight to the sun and we put his stars on. Then in the morning he knows he must wait for the sun to come up before he can start his day. Of course now that he is toilet trained at night, he does come in our room earlier to use the toilet but then we encourage him to go back to his room and rest or read books until his sun comes up. I’d say he does this around 90% of the time.

Children want to succeed and enjoy celebrating their wins, so we always celebrate when he waits for his sun. However, we don’t punish him if he doesn’t wait, we discuss the reason for waiting and the fact that he needs enough rest to grow and have enough energy for his big day.

2. COMFORTER/ TRANSITIONAL OBJECT: Cristian has had his Mickey Monkey since he was about two months old. In the beginning, I would ‘wear’ the monkey in my clothes to make it smell like me. I would lay it (away from Cristian to be SIDS safe) in the cot with him as well as have it in the car and pram. He very quickly became attached to it and still to this day, it gives him lots of comfort and helps him settle off to sleep. This is a sleep cue for Cristian, as he only has him at bedtime.

Once again, there are many different kinds of comforters, dolls and blankies out there. Sofia, for example, didn’t take to her comforter. She never really cuddled it or looked for it. We then introduced the Lulla Doll and this was a big hit for her. So I guess what I’m saying is, find an object that your child takes to. You may need to try different ones before you find the one that works.