OFF TO BED, sleepy head

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Terrific Toddlers -

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.

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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!

Ton­tine ‘I’m Your First’ pil­low, $17.99 The Gro Com­pany Gro Clock, $59.95 Merino Kids py­jama set, $89.95 Dream­baby Blind Cord Wraps (pack of four), $5.45

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