The toddler years have really arrived now and you are chasing your toddler around the living room and hustling them into the buggy for a run around at the park! It sure is a busy time and there are pretty exhausted by the end of the day not to forget how exhausted you are also! Your little one may have even started day care!
So what does all this look like in terms of sleep? How much day sleep and night sleep is needed, normal, expected? Should a child still be waking in the night for feeds and taking hours to go back to sleep again…let’s find out in today’s blog!
Meet Ralph! Ralph is 3 and half! He was a great 11 hour sleeper when he was a baby right up just before his 3rd birthday.
Then, a little holiday away everything changed. Ralph liked to have a story read to him to fall asleep, he then wanted to sleep with Mummy and Daddy. On return home after a week away bedtimes became harder, he started refusing to put pyjamas on and taking up to an hour to fall asleep. He always found an excuse not to sleep, teddy fell out of bed, and his covers fell off, another story and then another then another then another!
Ralph was full of questions as well! He liked to know things especially if he was going to nursery the next day and who will be there! His parents tried to leave the room but it never happened easily or without a battle.
Then Ralph started to wake in the night and not go back to his bed unless Mummy or Daddy came with him. 4.30am became a favourite for Ralph to start the day!
It’s that time, to drop another nap and your little toddler is now going to be chasing you around the house on just 1 nap a day!
When will this happen, how will you know it is time and how on earth do you handle this?
Today’s blog I am going to explain it all to you and help guide you through it to make it an easy transition from your child and you!
That time of year is approaching as we say "cheerio" to another summer of fun and sun and prepare for school starting!
This may be the first term your child is attending nursery or school and it is such an exciting milestone. It may be met with some anxiety from you or your child so take time to acknowledge that. It is normal and okay.
You may be an old hand at this and vaguely know what to expect. Either way after summer holidays of late nights, lazy mornings and routine out of sync you may want to start getting back into the swing of things before that alarm bell rings on day one just so you are all prepared.
Here are my top tips for getting back into the 9-5 groove….or should I say 7-7 groove….?! Be positive and excited, this is going to be fun!
Crash! You hear a thud on the floor and then the pitter patter of little feet and suddenly your little toddler is down the stairs or in your bedroom! How did this happen all of a sudden, what are we going to do?
This is a very normal progression and many children at some point do work out how to escape their cot. I am often asked when is the right time to move my child into a toddler bed or a single bed. So let’s explore this.