How to solve sleep problems for toddlers and preschoolers
What’s one of the greatest things in the world? Sleep! What is one of the toughest part of having little ones? Sleep! Seriously, sleep can bring about so many challenges when you have little kids. Fortunately, the ladies of the BFBN are talking about all things sleep this week! Woot! Are you wondering when to drop a nap? Or do you have questions about whether your child is a high or low sleep needs baby?
This isn’t limited to babies either. What about when your child is in bed, but awake past bedtime? (I think it’s a good thing. Find out why on Wednesday.) Basically, we are all attacking this sleep thing. Why? Because solid sleep helps the entire family. Children are healthier and better behaved if they have enough rest. Plus they are better able to focus and learn. Parents are happier and healthier if they get enough sleep too. It is not selfish to want enough rest to function. So sleep is a big deal.
We are starting off this week with Valerie from Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. She is telling us how to solve sleep problems with toddlers and preschoolers. I feel like those later sleep problems can be so frustrating. You expect babies to have a hard time, but toddlers and preschoolers should have it figured out by now. But growing minds and bodies need more physical and mental stimulation. I have already found that Ali and Sammy sleep better when they are mentally challenged. Ben too of course, but I think I forget the little ones need that just as much.
“Almost every single week, I get questions about troubles with sleep, usually naps, for older babies, young toddlers, and preschoolers. I have on common set of questions for these parents.How is child’s exercise? How is the child’s mental stimulation?If your child was sleeping well and suddenly stops sleeping well, there can be a variety of reasons. There are many reasons for poor sleep. It could be a common sleep disruption all children face. You might need waketime length adjusted or it might be time for a nap to be dropped.By the time you have an older baby, toddler, or preschooler, you are quite accustomed to considering all of these factors. You know to watch for waketime length, nap length, and teething signs. But do you consider exercise and stimulation?Add it to your list.”
Head on over to Chronicles of a Babywise Mom to learn how to work through sleep problems with toddlers and preschoolers.
Here is when everyone is posting this week. Be sure to check them all out!
Monday: Chronicles of a Babywise Mom
Tuesday: Twin Mom and More
Tuesday: Let’s Be Brave
Wednesday: Team Cartwright
Wednesday: Mama’s Organized Chaos
Thursday: Christine Keys
Thursday: Wiley Adventures
Friday: The Journey of Parenthood