How do you get your child to sleep through the night? Check out this sweet video by Renee & Jeremy, “Night Mantra,” from their album “Its A Big World.” I just love how they capture the sweet and challenging back and forth bedtime rhythms that occur between a parent and child. Are your nights anything like this?
I know we want our kids to sleep through the night, but did you know that night time waking for a toddler is related more to developmental maturity, temperament and their developmental clock than it is to parenting techniques? So give yourself and your child a break when it comes to sleeping through the night. Develop a healthy routine and guidelines for your family, but be flexible depending on your child’s needs and possible night terrors too.
Tips to Sleep through the Night
- Make sure your child is going to sleep at a decent time. Have you noticed the later your child goes to sleep, the earlier they wake up? Give them bedtime routines and sleep rhythms that their growing bodied require.
- Leave a glass of water by their bedside. And if your child ask for snacks frequently after dinner, feel free to offer them a sugar-free snack to keep their bellies full.
- Give them a special comfort blanket or stuffed animal that is just for bedtime.
- Play music to soothe your child while they sleep. We let Zoe pick out a CD to play in her very own stereo. I am a fan of Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of The Beatles, Baby Einstein Lullaby Classics and I have just recently discovered It’s a Big World album by Renee & Jeremy. Here is a preview of some of their songs on iTunes.
Join the discussion
How do you get your child to sleep through the night? What do you struggle with the most? I’d love to hear if you sing a lullaby or play a favorite bedtime song.