Is your toddler or preschooler waking you multiple times a night and you just can’t figure out why? Here are 5 questions to ask yourself to help you reflect on these wakings:
1. Is there a Pain or Need?
2. Is their Day Sleep Normal?
3 Is there a Habit?
4. Is your child Confident in their bedtime routine?
5. Is there anything you could add to their Sleep Environment safely to make it cozier?
The REAL reasons your toddler or preschooler is waking up are that they are going down overtired OR they do not feel confident in their bedtime routine OR they do not feel confident in calming themselves back to sleep and call out for their soother OR they have a habit of eating in the night OR they have learned they can get up and be rewarded by sleeping with parents OR all of the above.
The good news is that children are quick learners and with Sleep Happy support you can ELIMINATE night wakings and bedtime struggles in 3 days!
Think about this! Toddlers and preschoolers learn about their world by interpreting patterns in their day. They crave structure and repetition because it helps them process their world and begin to predict what is coming next. This makes children feel safe. (And can really get old for parents, anyone out there reading the same book every night and ready to pull their hair out???) When children feel safe, they test the boundaries less. They are confident and feel in control of their routines! In other words, bedtime runs smoothly and children sleep well!
If you are struggling with bedtime or multiple wakings a night, I encourage you to reflect on your current routines. Use the questions above to think through your daily routines and ask yourself if there are any inconsistencies that could be confusing to your child.
At Sleep Happy, we start with the child development behind bedtime struggles and we give parents the skills and the practicable tools to EMPOWER their children to be confident happy sleepers for life!