Parenting – Getting Started & Next Steps

By | April 3, 2018

Techniques That Promote Sleep Among the Toddlers

Sleep is the state of rest which comes periodically and naturally during which a person loses consciousness of the real world. The difference between sleep and wakefulness is that a sleeping person is unable to react to stimuli. The REM and the non-REM are the two classifications of sleep. Unlike the non-REM, the REM is characterized by the rapid movement of the eyes. Sleep is crucial for the restoration of the immune, muscle and the nervous system. There are disorders that affect the sleep patterns in a person like insomnia, sleepwalking, narcolepsy and dyssomnia among others. A child needs enough hours to sleep and quality sleep so as to have a healthy growth. Below are ways to promote sleep in toddlers in case baby won’t sleep.

A sleep schedule is the most important thing a parent should do. A timetable or schedule is a plan for the time and duration activities should take. There are many activities which need to be done for the baby. The major activities include breastfeeding, playing, sleeping, cleaning, napping and feeding the baby. A good baby sleep schedule must give the time and duration of the various activities. Small babies need more sleeping hours compared to the bigger babies. In the schedule, your baby should sleep or about 8-10 hours.

The next thing is training your baby on how to sleep. So as to avoid disturbance, a baby should be taught how to sleep without crying. A parent should develop a sleeping timetable, discover the signal to inform the baby it is time to sleep and invent signs and sounds of informing the baby it is time for sleeping. Sleep training the baby will help the baby sleep through the night without waking up and crying before morning.

The changing of the diapers regularly promote sleep among the toddlers. A child will have an uncomfortable sleep in case he/she is in the wet and dirty diapers. A parent should ensure the baby is clean and dry before putting him/her to bed. Playing promotes sleep in babies. Comfortable and dry diapers will enable a toddler to play well and in turn, the baby will have quality sleep. The child will, therefore, be exhausted in the evening and this will promote sleep. Changing of the diapers should be done about 4 times in a day. Quality diapers also promote sleep in toddlers.

The next important tip is cleaning the baby before the bedtime. Washing the baby and changing his/her clothes before bedtime promotes sleep. The child should be in clean pajamas while sleeping. These makes the baby feel more comfortable and relaxed therefore promoting sleep.

Fifth, purchase a sleep baby monitor.

These are the main ways to help your baby sleep.