Here’s How You Can Understand Your Toddler’s Sleep

Within this blog, we’ll discuss the following: 

  • What happens when my child falls asleep?
  • How can I help my child stay asleep at night?
  • How do I stop my toddler from waking up so early?
  • What happens when my toddler falls asleep?

What happens when your child falls asleep?

Like adults, toddlers go through four stages of sleep:

  • drowsiness
  • moderate sleep
  • Dream sleep, also called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep
  • deep sleep

Throughout the night, your toddler will pass out of these stages. He is likely to wake up briefly as he transforms between them. You might have heard him mumble and turn over at the middle of the night, occasionally banging his arms from the side of the cot, to drift off.

How do I help my toddler stay asleep at night?

Making sure that he falls asleep in his bed is an excellent start to ensuring he gets a good night’s sleep. When he drifts off in your arms or views the television, he’ll associate it with sleep and want it if he wakes in the night!

He/she will feel comforted and find it easy to relax back to sleep if he awakens during the night if your toddler sees things around him. He will likely completely wake if there’s something out of place. This is one reason why toddlers usually are more wakeful when they’re in strange surroundings or on holiday.

A consistent bedtime pattern will help your toddler learn to settle themself to sleep. You must choose quiet, relaxing activities, such as a bath and a narrative, and try to do them simultaneously.

Your routine should end with putting your toddler in his mattress or cot, providing him a goodnight kiss, and departing. If he cries, return for one more kiss. Repeat this, leaving it a bit longer before you answer each time. You should eventually find he’s fast asleep once you move in.

If your toddler can escape bed, he might follow you whenever you leave his room. While this happens, pop him back in his bed, and then give him another goodnight kiss.

Sometimes, you may find this frustrating to repeat this over and over again. But if you are consistent, he will soon learn he should be in bed.

The main issue is he feels secure and reassuring. It could be tough for you to stick to the routine night after night, but he should get at placing himself if you can remain firm.

He will begin to want less sleep as your toddler grows. By the time he’s about 18 months, he’s likely to drop to just one nap a day. If he’s not there yet, do not worry, a few toddlers require a little longer to make this transition.

Every toddler is different. Some will sleep much longer than that in the day, and a few won’t nap at all. If necessary, learn your toddler’s cues when he’s not getting enough sleep, and change his nap and bedtime routine.

Time your toddler’s rest for soon, if you can. This will refresh him ready for the day, but won’t change when he tires.

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How can I stop my toddler from waking early?

It may be heart-warming if your toddler comes into your room to get a morning cuddle or call from his cot. Unfortunately, his interpretation of dawn may be very different from yours. It could even be causing you to sleep deprivation.

Your toddler goes to bed much earlier than you, so that he may well have had all the sleep he desires by 5.30 am. Even though it can be frustrating, early-morning rising is perfectly ordinary.

There’s no use in trying to get your toddler if he has all the shut-eye he needs to sleep for more. You may have the ability to instruct him to stay without disturbing you for a while.

The trick is to deliver a hint as to if morning-time starts. Set an alert for if you’re happy for your toddler. You can buy a children’s clock that dances at your chosen time or lighting up.

If grizzle or your toddler wakes and begins to cry before the alert signals the beginning of the day, go into him. Tell him that he wants to await his clock and that it’s still night-time then leave again. Your toddler needs to catch on until he is told by his watch, that it is not morning.