As we know by now, sleep regressions are actually progressions. They mean our little ones are developing and learning in one way or another.
Being two is hard work! They are reaching new physical milestones like jumping, climbing, balancing, throwing and kicking balls as well as mastering puzzles and building towers.
On a cognitive and social level they are becoming more independent, their imagination blooms, have increased memory, they engage in more pretend play, learn to take turns and start to really test their boundaries.
In addition to all this, throw in some common changes that usually occur at home around this age; starting preschool, bringing home a new sibling, increase in screen time and perhaps toilet training.
With all this going on it’s no surprise that sleep can start to become a bit of a challenge.
What can we to to help?
Maintain a good nap routine
They still need plenty of rest, especially as their lives become a lot busier. Even if they “choose” not to sleep, keep providing them the same opportunity to nap every day. Your persistence will pay off.
Try to avoid introducing too many BIG changes at once
If you are about to bring home a new baby, maybe make the decision to delay potty training. Allow them 3 months to get used to any big changes before introducing a new one.
Their growing imagination may also mean new fears
If they start to express a fear of the dark don’t dismiss them, their fears are real. This could be the perfect time to introduce a nightlight.
Keep them stimulated both physically and mentally
Keeping their bodies and brains active during awake times will help consolidate their day and night sleep.
You don’t want to be starting any new habits that you don’t wish to continue. Inconsistency combined with limit testing, independence, and a desire for control can lead to long term battles. Hold firm and maintain your boundaries around sleep times.
Find out more about how to tackle toddler bedtime battles here.
If you'd like some guidance with your toddler's sleep, why not contact me today to find out how I can help you!