OFF TO BED, sleepy head
As your baby hurtles towards toddlerhood, making sure he’s ready to move to a big bed will make the change much easier. First off, though, babyproof your home to ensure your toddler is safe from household hazards should he go on a night-time wander. Cheryl Fingleson, founder of The Sleep Coach, helps families introduce good sleep habits in children. Here, she shares her tips for a successful transition from cot to bed.
Introduce the idea of a big bed by reading your tot a bed-related story or showing him pictures of what you have in mind. You could also take him bed shopping with you and let him pick out the linen.
Get him excited
Telling other family members will give your toddler confidence and build excitement. Reinforce how grown-up he is to be moving to a big bed and that his favourite toy will be able to sleep with him.
Keep things consistent
A routine is essential for helping toddlers understand and get settled, so try to stick to the same timings as much as possible.
CHERYL’S EIGHT-STEP BEDTIME ROUTINE
1 Have your toddler wind down as he packs away his toys. 2 Dinner. 3 Bathtime. 4 Ask if he needs a snack before bed (it’s a common excuse many kids use to buy them extra time at night!) 5 A small drink. 6 Brush teeth. 7 Once you’re in the bedroom, read a story together. 8 Hugs and kisses, then lights out. Sweet dreams!
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