Toddlers develop language at a rather alarming rate, and we often delight in their newfound phrases or requests - think "'nother story?" and "one more cuddle". They are also master procrastinators! Here's a checklist I have used with my own children, and with many sleep clients.
Play is the universal language of childhood, fostering joy, imagination, and learning. When parents actively engage in play with their children, magical things happen. But play is not just about having fun; it is a critical component of a child's cognitive development.
If a toddler has no boundaries during the day, how can we expect them to understand boundaries like staying in bed at bedtime and through the night, or following the cues of a sleep training clock? To have success with improving toddler sleep, daytime boundaries are just as important as night time ones!
Research has shown that exposure to blue light, which is emitted by most electronic devices and some light bulbs, can disrupt circadian rhythms and suppress melatonin secretion, which can lead to difficulty falling and staying asleep. On the other hand, red light doesn't do this!
Moving from a cot to a ‘big bed’ is one of these exciting stages. But this also means they can get themselves out an awful lot easier than they can if they’re in a cot… cue frustrating bedtimes and nights. Here are my top 3 mistakes to avoid when making this exciting transition!