3 Common Sleep Problems And Concerns
She’s all sugar and spice and everything nice . . . until bedtime. Then she becomes the little dragon that refuses to go to bed without one more sip of water, two more stories, three more trips to the toilet and four more re-dos of doing it ALL over again.
If your toddler thinks bedtime is more about trying your patience than trying to sleep . . . you are not alone. Toddlers are notorious little bedtime escapers and sleep problems are all too common in this age group. But don’t worry – there really are ways to get your toddler back on track and keep things running smoothly.
1. Problem: Can’t Sleep Without the TV
Lots of kids can’t sleep without the TV and while some experts say that it keeps kids up, some parents know that it can also put kids to sleep. So if this is really a problem is in the eye of the beholder. If you don’t mind your child watching TV in bed then it can’t hurt. If you do mind, try a snooze timer on your TV or allowing just one show before bed that is soothing or comforting. However, if you take away TV time altogether make sure to replace it with something like a night light. Items such as Dream Lites and Twilight Turtles can help a lot because they project images on the walls and also project light which makes for a smoother transition from exciting TV to boring night light. . . it’s an in between compromise.
2. Problem: Wants to Sleep With Mom and Dad
Again, another problem that is in the eye of the beholder – if you like sleep sharing it’s no problem but if you don’t then it’s time to help your child transition. This usually starts with a toddler bed closely beside mom then by slowly week by week moving the bed further away until you get it into their own room. You can also opt for a bigger bed and lying with your child for a few days to help him adjust until he falls asleep.
3. Problem: Bed Wetting
Bed wetting is a common problem when your child is potty training. If she isn’t potty training and is leaking from her diaper it’s probably wise to go up a size. Bed wetting can eventually be avoided but it’s important to not get angry about it in the meantime. Remain calm and assure your child. You can get covers for your mattress to make bed changing less of a chore. It’s also wise to keep your child in a training pant in the nighttime hours to avoid the hassle of getting up in the middle of the night to change soiled sheets when or if the problem arises. From up all night to refusing sleep all together . . . most sleep issues are common and can be fixed with just a little bit of patience and a heaping helping of love.
If you are finding it hard to sleep at night with your finicky, sleep-loathing toddler, try to catch naps with your toddler when you can.