Getting your toddler to sleep through the night is no easy task and no night is predictable, but there are ways to help increase the chances that your toddler is going to sleep through the night.
How to get your toddler to sleep through the night
I always say that if there is one thing that I have learned from being a parent it is that parenthood is a constant cycle of feeling like you’ve finally figured it out to feeling like you have no idea what is going on.
My daughter will sleep through the night for weeks and then one thing will happen to knock her off course and we will be starting back a square one trying to get her to stay in her bed at night. After doing this for a couple of years now I have learned a few tricks to keep her sleeping through the night.
One thing that really seems to make a difference is having a bedtime and sticking to it. She knows what to expect, her body gets on a schedule, and it makes all of our lives easier. Plus it gives me the time that I need at night to get my stuff done. I know that I have the hours after 8 to do whatever it is that I need to accomplish before the end of the day.
Sticking to a Routine
Kids know when their routine is messed up. When our toddler spends the night at her grandparents houses, she is so messed up on her routine that when she comes home she usually gives us a hard time when her bedtime rolls around. Most of the time when this happens it takes us about a week to get her back on schedule so we try really hard to keep her on the same routine.
Our routine looks like this:
7:30- brush teeth, watch a little cartoons, read
Obviously every night isn’t the same because life with kids is unpredictable, but we try to stick to this routine every night.
Use Essential Oils
We are obsessed with using essential oils in our home and one of the ways that we regularly use them is to promote relaxation and healthy sleep habits. There are a few oils that you can do to achieve this, but we use lavender essential oil.
I diffuse it in our room at nighttime and it is safe to diffuse in your children’s rooms at bedtime as well. I have also been using a mixture of lavender oil and coconut oil to moisturize and relax our toddler at bedtime since she was born!
Healthy sleep for our kids is just as important as us getting a healthy amount of sleep. It can make or break our moods the following day and impact our overall health! I truly believe that getting our children a solid foundation of sleep can change their behavior during the day.