In a way, struggling with prolonged exhaustion is a prerequisite for joining the ranks of "true" parenthood. Sharing a knowing look with a fellow, bleary-eyed soul in a coffee shop acknowledges an empathetic bond only people with restless tots can understand. If your wallet and digestive system are both taking a hit due to your increased need for caffeine, however, you're probably eager to find ways to help your toddler sleep through the night. You're definitely not alone when it comes to scouring the internet in the predawn hours looking for some kind of solution to your little one's apparent insomnia.
As a mother of a particularly spirited toddler, I'm far too familiar with the stages of attempting to get your child to stay asleep. From trying to convince myself it was just a phase to shamelessly bribing my son, dealing with an erratic bedtime schedule is exhausting to say the least. Though each child is unique — and what works for one family may not work for everybody — it seems there are some universal tips and tricks that will thankfully lull your tot into a solid state of slumber. So before you pour that next cup of coffee, check out these helpful ways to get your child to sleep through the night.