When our baby is officially a toddler, we need to exert extra effort to taking care of him. They are energetic at this stage. Their curiosity doesn’t stop learning and discovering new things.
One of our task as a parent is to establish a healthy lifestyle while they are in the stage of being a toddler and a baby as well. They must have healthy sleep habits.
Your child will still need two naps at 12 months, but by the time he’s 18 months old, he may be ready for a single 90-minute to three-hour nap in the afternoon – a pattern he may follow until he’s 4 or 5. There’s not much new you can do to help your child become a good sleeper at this age, but watch for new issues to show up sometime between 18 months and your child’s third birthday.
These are some tips on how to establish healthy sleep habits for your little one.
Following a nightly bedtime ritual. Continue your nightly routine like sing with him or reading a storybook or let them play in your room with dim light. He’ll be much more likely to fall asleep without a struggle.
Stick to a consistent daily schedule, including bedtime and nap times. As always, it’s also a good idea to set and stick to a consistent bedtime and nap times as part of your daily schedule.
Make sure your child is able to fall asleep on his own.Don’t forget how important it is for your toddler to fall asleep by himself every night. You may want to consider not rocking, nursing, or singing your child to sleep so he’ll learn to settle himself back down when he wakes up at night.
At this age, your child may have difficulty falling asleep or wake up frequently at night. That could be related to the developmental milestones he’s reaching, especially walking. Your toddler is so excited by his new skills that he wants to keep practicing, even when you say it’s bedtime.