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Top 10 Toddler Sleeping Tips

Posted By: Gowri Nandini
Toddler Sleeping
Your little one is a bundle of joy. He is the one that keeps your hands-full throughout the day. An essential element that helps him remain active and energetic throughout the day is sleep. Usually he needs 12-13 hours of sleep. So a toddler's sleeping routine must be a top priority to every mother.

Most toddlers have problems with their sleep, they find it difficult to sleep before 11, or they have to be forced to wake up in the morning. Many of them may sleep whenever they travel. These are some of the symptoms that tell you that your kid is not getting enough sleep. Have a look at the below toddler sleeping tips to make your 3 year old's nap time perfect.

Tips to help your toddler sleep better:

1.Make sure that your toddler's nap time is not too close to late evening or just 5-6 hours before bedtime. His nap time should fall between 2 to 4 pm and preferably not more that an hour.

2.Your toddlers afternoon nap time must be followed with a game session, preferably outdoor games or something that involves physical activity. This would make him little tired as night approaches.

3.Keep his sleep time consistent. Do not alter the timings because of family outings or parties at home. Also, keep the room temperature warm, as children need a cozy setting to sleep.

4.A night bath is a great toddler sleeping tip to soothe your child before bedtime. This relaxes his tired muscles and helps him sleep better.

5.We all know that a glass of warm milk is good to induce sleep. However, accompany milk with a banana or peanuts, as these too contribute towards a sound sleep.

6.Complete the bedtime rituals like brushing, potty and changing into pajamas. When this is done on a daily basis, he'll understand the next step he'll have to follow is to get into bed.

7.Some children need to be pampered. So give a little massage or a back scratching session. This will make him feel good and satisfied.

8.Play a game, something that can be done within the bedroom. Maybe a card game or playing music on his toy keyboard, etc. Indulge in a small chat. Maybe you could discuss about their friends or about a story or a movie they watched.

9.Reading a story and a lullabies are just perfect before bedtime. This is one of the most followed toddler sleeping tip by all parents. Some children love to listen to music. If your child has a particular choice, play it every night.

10.Make sure your child does not watch television right till bedtime. It is better if his television watching ritual is done before dinner time.

These parenting tips are essential to enure that your 2 or 3 year old is sleeping well. Follow the above toddler sleeping tips for a stress-free bedtime.

Read more about: sleep, children, toddlers
Story first published: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 11:08 [IST]
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