Most baby experts agree that a toddler will be ready to move from a cot to a "big girl" bed between the ages of 2 and 3 years old.
Physically, it’s recommended that your toddler has reached a height of three feet (90 cm) tall.
As soon as a child has established a biological rhythm of waking and sleeping – usually by 3 months of age – parents and caregivers can start encouraging a naptime pattern.
Usually, timing play and mealtimes ensures that an infant will be ready to nap when you want them to.
Stay firm but calm. Although it’s frustrating having to deal with a toddler who won’t nap, the best thing you can do is not show her that she’s getting to you.
Try to avoid making naptime a battleground. Just tell her that she looks tired and needs to rest, and you do, too. Then, give her a hug and a kiss, tuck her in, and leave the room.
To make the most of toddler naps, try to settle down at the same time and in the same place each day; try not to let him sleep in the car or stroller, which could disrupt his nap schedule.
If you rely on your child’s naps to catch up on your sleep or attend to other responsibilities, there’s some bad news for you.
At some point during your toddler’s second year of life, he’ll go from taking two naps a day to one; and at some point during his third year of life, he’ll give up that nap, too.
As a baby, your child probably napped two or three times a day, but now that she’s a toddler, she’s going to move gradually to one nap a day.
Sometime between 13 and 18 months she’ll probably stop sleeping in the mornings; when that happens, try moving up her afternoon nap so it’s just after lunch.
Waiting till later may push back her bedtime to late at night, since she won’t feel like sleeping just a few hours after waking from her afternoon nap.
Toddlers are often used to their normal bedtime routine and may have difficulty sleeping in a new place.
Don’t be afraid to bring a port-a-crib if you have room for it inside a tent, cabin, or camping trailer. Infants and toddlers may sleep better if given their own space and parents will sleep better knowing that their child is in a safe place during the night.
Tags: travel, sleep
Drinking a glass of warm milk before bed is a time-tested way to fall asleep.
The amino acid l-Tryptophan (found in milk and other foods, such as turkey and eggs) is thought to play a role in making you sleepy by raising the level of serotonin — a sleep-inducing chemical — in the brain.
Tags: food, sleep
Co-sleeping isn’t for everyone, but for a lot of families, it is the best way for everyone to get a good night’s rest.
Thumb sucking is a perfectly acceptable way for your child to comfort himself, at bedtime or any other time – although it can lead to dental problems in older children.
Thumb sucking is a way for a toddler to soothe himself, not only when he’s sleepy but also at other times of the day.
Tags: sleep, thumb sucking
It is possible that something the baby eats could be contributing to sleep problems.
Some babies that are on formula have sensitivities to certain types of formula. For babies that have started solids, food allergies or sensitivities can impact sleep.
Also, certain types of foods consumed too close to bedtime can prevent good sleep.
Tags: sleep, food, diet
Children need time to calm down and prepare for sleep.
Having a consistent bedtime routine can be useful in giving the child cues that sleep time is coming. There are likely things that you do each night before bed, such as putting on pajamas, brushing teeth, reading bedtime story, nursing or rocking, and so on.
Try to do those things in the same order to help your child understand what is coming next and learn to calm down through that process.
Sleep sacks have been popular with European parents for a long time because they minimize the risk of baby suffocating.
The ultimate solution for keeping babies safe and warm at night and during naptime, they provide a safe alternative to sheets, blankets, and comforters.
Babies love the warmth and security of their own blanket. Choose one that is small enough that they can carry it around as a toddler.
Tags: sleep, baby
Kids often nap on small cots at daycare with their favorite blanket. It’s the arrival of the blankie that signals “nap” – not where they are.
Try to associate nap time with a portable object, rather than with a place.
Tags: sleep, habits
Once your child is able to climb out of his crib (and you have already lowered the mattress and removed the bumper pads), it is time to move him into a toddler bed.
If your child is three feet tall, you may want to move him to a toddler bed even if he isn’t climbing out of his crib yet.
Tags: cribs, toddler, bed, sleep
At 18 months most toddlers take at least one naps (length of naps are usually very variable between different children, but naps are usually 1-1 1/2 hours long) during the day at this age and are able to sleep all night (for 11-12 hours).
A toddler pillow is a pillow that is just the right size for a child of two years or more.
Prior to age two, use of a pillow of any type is considered dangerous and is not recommended.
Mornings can be tough for everyone with children.
Try taking five to ten minutes with your 2-year-old when he first wakes up to snuggle and talk quietly about the day, the whole morning will go much more smoothly.
Most preschoolers do still need naps during the day. They tend to be very active — running around, playing, going to school, and exploring their surroundings — so it’s a good idea to give them a special opportunity to slow down.