toddler sleep problems
Gro-Clocks sleep trainers help toddlers sleep through the night by showing them the passage of time. If you have trouble with your toddler not staying in bed throughout the night or even not being able to fall asleep quickly, then you are among the majority of parents with toddler sleep problems. There are some things you can do to help your child sleep better. In the long run you will both be better off as you both feel better after a good night’s sleep.
Helping the toddler change his or her sleep habits really should start from the time they first wake up in the morning and continue throughout the day until bedtime. What do I mean by this? Everything that children do during the day will affect how well they go to sleep and how well they stay asleep during the night.
Having a daily routine is essential to improving sleep habits. Children then will be tired enough to drop off to sleep when bedtime rolls around.
If you want your child to go to bed early, then they must not be allowed to sleep too late. The time the child wakes up will affect not only the bedtime but also the naptime. It is important for you to decide when you want the child to wake up and when you want them to go to sleep. Knowing that young children need an appropriate number of hours of sleep and knowing what your own schedule is will determine the wake-up and bedtime hours and eliminate those toddler sleep problems.
It has been well documented by researchers that children need to be physically active during the day to fall asleep quickly. Spending time outdoors such as at a park, playground, or swimming pool, is a good way to increase activity. Fresh air is really important. Getting together with other toddlers such as having “play dates” are also stimulating to toddlers. Stuck in the house? Put on some music and dance around. Do anything that requires a lot of movement.
The amount of nap time each toddler needs is different but most do need some nap time during the day at least until 3 years of age. They need to have enough afternoon energy to tire themselves out to be ready for bedtime. Often when they don’t nap and become overtired, they have a difficult time settling down for a good night’s sleep. Just don’t let them sleep too long during the day or they may not be sleepy when bedtime arrives.
It is important that you determine what will work best for your schedule as well as your toddler’s needs. Some experimentation may be necessary but a routine is essential to eliminating toddler sleep problems.
Does your toddler wake you up in the middle of the night or at 5 a.m. because they think it is morning? If that is the case, you’re going to love how the Gro-Clock can help keep your youngsters in bed longer. The is a glowing screen on the Gro-Clock that shows images of starts and sun to let those who are too young to read a clock know the difference between when it is time to be sleeping and when it is time to wake up. There are small stars that disappear one-by-one throughout the night showing the passage of time.
Because the images change, children are encouraged to stay in bed longer while they are learning to stay in bed until they see the sun. It is very quiet so that the child is able to continue sleeping even as the display changes. You are able to adjust the screen brightness choosing the best amount of light which also makes it a wonderful nightlight.
As the child grows older, there is an educational feature that allows you to decide whether to display the digital clock even during the stars to sun countdown. Older children are not able to learn to tell digital time even while they watch for the arrival of the sun on the clock.
This is just a wonderful way to “teach” young toddlers when it is time to go to sleep and when it is time to be awake. If they should awaken during the night and see that their very own “clock” is still showing stars, it helps them realize that they need to go back to sleep—it is NOT morning yet. You get to sleep longer and have a much better day.