Developing a solid nighttime routine can help little ones fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. In addition to creating a warm, cozy environment with plush, comfortable pillows, stuffed animals, and a comforter, you should also send your toddler off to bed at precisely the same time each night. Below is a more in-depth guide and why you should adopt these tips in your home.
Toddler-Approved Tips for Excellent Sleep
1. Say No to Digital Devices
Toddlers may beg to watch “Thomas & Friends” or “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That” before bedtime. However, to promote quality sleep, they should avoid screen time for at least an hour before bed. The blue light emitted by phones, tablets, and TVs disrupts melatonin production, which makes it harder to drift off. Instead, read a bedtime story.
2. Toss the Comforter in the Dryer
The National Sleep Foundation® recommends maintaining a room temperature of about 60 to 67-degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep. While this may sound a little chilly, a warm bedroom makes one more likely to wake up during the night, as it encourages sweat production and disrupts the body’s natural cycles.
Understandably, however, your child will want to feel warm and cozy before bedtime. So after you turn down the thermostat, toss your loved one’s comforter in the dryer for a quick spin. With the room temperature lowered and wrapped up in a warm blanket, your loved one will sleep peacefully and without disruption.
3. Encourage Positive Thinking
Adults aren’t the only ones who recount their days before bed, keeping them wide-eyed in the middle of the night. Even young children may feel nervous and anxious before they doze off, which can hinder their sleep quality. To help your child sleep more peacefully, encourage them to think about fun activities they did that day, what they’re grateful for, and even what they hope to dream about when they drift off. If your child isn’t quite old enough to chat, rub their back and speak in a soothing voice to them.
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