If you are like me your one year old can be a challenge to get to go to sleep at night! Once they discover their independence it seems to be harder to get them to do a lot of things like getting dressed, diaper changes, naps, eating meals and going to sleep at night.
Our baby is 19 months old and full of spunk and energy, he doesn’t like to have his diaper changed or take naps and can be a picky eater too. Since he learned to walk and is more independent he makes his own choices and can be quite a challenge in some areas. The biggest challenge we have had lately is getting him to go to sleep at night. We have kept the same routine for the most part, his bed time varies depending on how tired he is and when he took a nap but no matter what he just isn’t ready for bed. He likes to run from us when it comes time to start the bed time routine.
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Keeping The Same Routine At Night
Babies and Toddlers like routine and to know what comes next, it helps them transition from one activity to the next. By keeping the same bedtime routine in place they know after dinner is quiet time and bath time followed by brushing teeth, diaper change, pajamas and bed. Once they start to be pre toddlers this isn’t always easy because now they want to be more independent and have a say in what is going on.
We have been sticking to our routine but giving him a few choices along the way at bed time such as what book to read and which pajamas he is going to wear. This seems to help ease the process of going to sleep.
It is very important to keep the same bed time or close to same time every night, a 1 year old still requires a lot of sleep so depending on what time they have to be up in the morning they should be put to sleep at a decent hour to help them get the 14 hours they need.
Nap times are needed as well, at least 2 naps a day one in the morning and one in the afternoon at least until they are 16 months old then sometimes they transition to just one a day. If your baby is anything like mine he will play in his crib for a half hour and not settle into a nap a few days a week just for the fun of it and so mom can’t get things done that she wants to haha.
Reference: Sleep Training your 1 Year Old
Creating A Calm Boring Environment To Ease Into Sleep
It is very important to create a calm environment to help your baby wind down and relax before bedtime.
Try a warm soothing bath as well as quiet music and reading books. If things are to lively it will make it harder for your baby to want to go to sleep because they feel they are missing out on something.
No screen time for an hour before bed so they can decompress and start to calm down, screen time can over stimulate your toddlers mind and cause him or her to stay awake at night or not sleep as well.
It’s best to keep the lights dim and have quiet reading time and ease into brushing teeth, diaper change and pajamas. Once you lay your little one down a white noise machine and some sort of soothing night light would work wonders.
Soft music works well for easing into sleep, you could use a baby monitor that plays music or this adorable owl white noise machine and sleep aid night light.
This owl made by Bubzi Co plays 10 popular songs, turns off after 30 minutes, it also can clip to side of the crib or sit in it and project colors onto the wall or ceiling along with having a nice glowing night light to soothe your little one to sleep. This is great for taking with you in the car or on a vacation and your toddler will love how soft it is!
The best part is that every purchase of this owl goes to helping postpartum support international who help new moms look after their perinatal mental health.
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