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Five Sleep Solutions for Tired Toddlers

Five Sleep Solutions for Tired Toddlers

Be consistent

Even with all the sleep strategies in the world, there will still be nights when you’ll hear a little voice calling “Mommy…Daddy” at 3 a.m. “When your child has a nightmare, it’s okay to console him,” Braunstein says. Just as long as you tuck him back in his own bed. Just like kids, parents need a plan in place. Freedman Smith suggests having a mantra ready. Instead of saying, “Go back to sleep,” try, “Put your head on the pillow, close your eyes and wait for sleep to come.” Whatever the plan, stick to it, Braunstein says. “Kids feel safest and most secure with the consistency and predictability of a good bedtime routine—and with parents who say what they mean and mean what they say.”

 

A version of this article originally appeared in Today’s Parent magazine.