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Conquering Bedtime Battles: How to Handle Toddler Sleep Resistance

June 24, 20242 min read

Is your little one suddenly resistant to naps and bedtime? You're not alone. Toddlers are notorious for sleep struggles. Their busy minds and bodies fight winding down, and separation anxiety can make them cling to mom and dad. But fear not, weary parents! Here are some tips to turn those bedtime battles into peaceful nights.

The Power of Routine:

Create a calming and predictable bedtime routine – and stick to it! This routine, which can also be used before naps, signals to your toddler that it's time to wind down. A warm bath, snuggles with a favorite stuffed animal, and a gentle story can all become part of this relaxing ritual. Consistency is key, so aim for the same order of events each night.

Calming the Chaos:

The hour before bedtime is not the time for high-energy activities. Put away the screens, turn down the lights, and opt for quieter toys or books. This calm environment helps your child shift into sleep mode, making it easier for them to drift off.

Setting Boundaries with Love:

Clear and consistent boundaries are essential for a good night's sleep. This doesn't mean being harsh – it means setting firm expectations in a loving way. Let your child know what to expect at bedtime, and stick to your established routine.This sense of security will actually help your toddler feel safe and comfortable, even when faced with the prospect of going to sleep.

Gentle Transitions:

Toddlers thrive on predictability. Don't expect them to abruptly switch from playtime to sleep time. Instead, prepare your child for the transition. Give them a heads-up that it's almost time to wind down. This gentle approach allows your little one to adjust and feel more comfortable with the upcoming change.

Remember, tackling sleep resistance takes time and patience. By implementing these tips and staying consistent, you can help your toddler develop healthy sleep habits, leading to more peaceful nights for everyone.

And remember, as a certified gentle sleep coach I am always here to help on your family's sleep journey! Want to learn more? Book your 30 minute Sweet Dreams Starter Call today!

Yours in sleep,

Tracie / Rest Well Baby

Tracie Kesatie

Certified Gentle Sleep Coach

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