4 Smart Sleep Habits That Will Help Your Toddler (and You!)
There’s nothing like having a small child to help you appreciate sleep! We all need it. But, children need more sleep than an adult. And there’s more at stake.
The amount of sleep a child gets directly impacts mental and physical development. Here’s how much sleep your children should be getting:
- Toddlers need about 12-14 hours of sleep per day
- Children 18 months and older will typically get 1 to 3 hours of that sleep during a nap once a day.
- Children 6 years and older need 8 hours of sleep each night
Easier said than done! Hush Buddy, the science-based new sleep tool, includes a bedtime routine to help your toddler get more sleep. Paired with ”Whisper the Hush Buddy”, bedtime can become as easy as Story, Set, Sleep!
Here are 4 tips to make bedtime easier in any household:
1. Make (and keep!) a Schedule: Your bedtime routine should be same every night and last no more than 30 minutes. A child who doesn’t understand when naps and bedtime are coming typically have a harder time going to bed.
2. Create a Consistent Environment: Make the bedroom environment the same every night and throughout the night. If your child wakes up during the night and finds conditions are the same as when they fell asleep, they’re more likely to fall right back to sleep.
3. Set Limits: Set limits that are consistent, communicated and enforced. For example, if you say you’ll only read 3 stories, don’t read more. If limits have been a bit loose in the past, it may take a few days for your child to understand you really mean it now.
4. Watch for dependence on certain objects: Children often have objects they feel they NEED to fall asleep—items like a blanket or stuffed animal. This is normal. Sleep scientists called these “transitional objects”. Our character, Whisper the Hush Buddy, fosters that feeling of safety and security so your child doesn’t feel like they aren’t alone in the room.
The Hush Buddy Sleep System combines some of most scientifically effective methods of modifying bedtime behavior for fewer tantrums and meltdowns at bedtime. The device is especially easy for parents to use, and has a proven track record.