You worked hard to get your little one on a consistent sleep schedule when he was an infant. So when he finally learned to sleep through the night, you were happy to enjoy the silence. And with the exception of sickness and teething time, you may even have gotten used to all of those hours of uninterrupted sleep. But since your child has entered the toddler years, you may be feeling like you're back at square one. If you're tired of being tired, you could be asking yourself, how do I get my toddler to go to sleep?
Can you blame your toddler for putting up a fight when it's time for bed? For all she knows, the house turns into a raging nightclub when you put her down, leaving her to miss out on all of the fun. She may use every trick in the book to convince you to let her stay awake, but it's in her best interest for you to make sure she gets a good night's sleep. As Parents pointed out, toddlers need at least 10 to 14 hours of sleep each day.
Creating a consistent bedtime routine, making sure the room is dark, and limiting your visits to his bedside can help you promote healthy bedtime habits for your toddler. After all, a good night's sleep for him means a good night's sleep for everyone. Here are a few effective ways to get your toddler in bed and off to dream land.