Toddlers need 10-12 hours sleep a night. Most toddlers can do with an hour or two of sleep in the middle of the day as well. But getting them to bed in the first place can be a challenge. A firm and consistent bedtime routine will be a big help.
Try these tips:
- Avoid boisterous play before bedtime as this makes it harder for your child to settle
- Turn off the TV, computers and tablets an hour before bedtime, and avoid letting your child watch scary or exciting things close to bedtime.
- Choose calming activities like reading a book with your child, listening to soft music, singing nursery rhymes
Most importantly, follow the same routine every night so your toddler knows what to expect. This will help your child feel more relaxed and fall asleep more easily.