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Five Sleep Solutions for Tired Toddlers

Five Sleep Solutions for Tired Toddlers

Give kids tools to help them sleep

Of course, sleep issues usually occur in the wee hours when we’re not always equipped to deal with them. It’s the same with adults—anxieties can bubble up when we wake up in the middle of the night and can prevent us from nodding off again. “Let kids know they’re normal—everyone wakes up in the middle of the night,” Freedman Smith says. Kids need tools to be able to put themselves back to sleep, whether it’s right at bedtime, or in the middle of the night. She suggests coming up with a sleep strategy while the sun is up. “Ask your child if there’s a stuffed animal, or a song, or a video he can play in his head that makes him feel good and safe and that he can use at night,” she says.

She also recommends getting kids to practise positive self-talk during the day. “They can repeat things like, ‘I’m safe, I’m okay, I can fall back to sleep,’” she says. “The secret is teaching them they’re capable of rolling over and going back to sleep—and that you expect them to.”