How to Create a Healthy Bedtime Routine for Toddlers
The best way to get your toddler to sleep at night is to get them into a routine. A healthy bedtime routine for toddlers will help them feel safe and secure, which will make it easier for them to fall asleep!
Here’s how to create a healthy bedtime routine for your toddler:
- Prioritize naps throughout the day
Your child must get enough sleep during the day so that they are not overtired when it comes time for bedtime. In general, babies need about 12-14 hours of sleep each day, toddlers need about 11-13 hours of sleep each day, and preschoolers need about 10-12 hours of sleep each day.
- Have a consistent start and end time
Your entire bedtime routine will take about 30-60 minutes, most likely depending on if you bathe your child or not. Always start getting ready for bed at the same time, so their little bodies get used to the transition between day and night. Eventually, they will start to get tired around their bedtime!
- Wind down
In the hour leading up to the beginning of your bedtime routine (not the actual bedtime) start to get the whole house “ready for bed.” This might look like turning off the TVs, dimming the lights or turning off unnecessary lights, playing relaxing music, etc.
- Snuggle in with a calming activity
Reading, singing lullabies, or doing nighttime parent-baby yoga are great before-bed activities because they help calm the body and mind and act as bonding moments!
- Have a special way of saying goodnight
This might be the most important part of your child’s bedtime routine (to them!). A special way to say goodnight is like a final sendoff. It gives you one final, special moment together and then seals the deal on their bedtime routine.
Nighttime routines can take a few weeks to establish. Remain patient, and your family will get the hang of it in no time!
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