In the daylight hours you might be the most rational person ever, relying on peer-reviewed journals for your information. But if you're struggling to get a kid to sleep, suddenly everything from magic spells to superstitions are on the table. It's good to know the old wives' tales about getting toddlers to sleep that work, because these tips back folk wisdom with research. It's the best of both realms.
Believe it or not, the old-school ways to help kids fall asleep might actually work. Everything from warm milk to sheep counting could very well encourage your toddler to finally get some shut-eye for the night. At the very least, your kid will get some counting skills in while imagining little lambs, so it's kind of a win in any situation.
Although you may not want to try flipping your kid (yes, this was once a thing), most of these ideas are pretty safe. Snacks, naps, and solid bedtime routines are all potentially useful tricks to have up your sleeve, and they've helped generations of toddlers finally doze off. Perhaps your overtired toddler doesn't need a sleep training app or other device. Sometimes the traditional ways of meeting parenting needs still work. Hopefully, these tips can help your child, too.