Healthy Sleep Habits for Your Toddler

Once children are between 12 and 24 months old, they need between 11 and 14 hours of sleep every day. That includes naps throughout the day. However, this period of time is when you want to begin instilling healthy sleeping habits for your child.

Have Quiet Time

One hour before you put your toddler to bed, you should have quiet time. You do not want to sit your child down in front of a television or hand off your smartphone. This is an excellent time to read to your child. You could also establish a bath time routine.

Provide a Small Snack

You do not want your toddler’s last meal for the day to be an hour before bedtime. That should come earlier in the day. At the same time, your child should not go to bed hungry. A few apple slices, a glass of milk or Amara's Oats N' Berries, can be good, healthy snacks that will not interfere with your child’s sleep.

Maintain a Good Bedroom Environment

Once your child is a toddler, he or she can sleep in a separate room. You want this room to be free of any distractions, such as a television set. You also want the room to remain at a consistent temperature. Between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. A nightlight is acceptable.

Exercise Every Day

Toddlers cannot go to sleep if they have a lot of pent up energy. Therefore, you want to make daily exercise a part of your toddler’s routine. Going for a walk or taking your child to the park allows your toddler to get tuckered out. When nap or sleep time comes around, your child will be more likely to put up less of a fight.

It is important to establish good sleep habits for your child early on so that he or she continues following them later in life. Good dietary habits should also be established, and Amara Organic Baby Food can help you out. 267-981-6411 is our phone number if you want to learn more.