It's not always easy to get a toddler sleeping through the night. With some lucky parents, it comes naturally for babies as young as 10 months. But sometimes, your 20-month baby won't stay in bed for longer than 3 hours at a time. If you're having difficulty keeping your kid in bed, here are some tips that may help him stay asleep throughout the night.
1. Limit Toddler Naps
One of the reasons your child is not sleeping through the night could
be because he sleeps a lot during the day. Keep your toddler awake as
much as possible during the day and limit naps to at most one. Don't let
your child sleep for hours either. You will be able to tell how long
your child needs to sleep, but generally it should not be longer than
2. Create a Bedtime Routine
Toddlers are all for routine; it gives them an idea as to which
activity comes next and makes the world a little more predictable for
them. You can create a bedtime routine that consists of bath time, quiet
playtime and reading time, after which follows sleeping time. After a
few days, your toddler will get the idea and will hopefully be relaxed
enough to sleep through the night.
3. Be Firm
Some parents are softies and allow toddlers to get out of bed and
play together even if it's 3am in the morning. Though it's difficult to
be consistent at first, you have to be firm and not give in to your
child's demands. Be clear that it's not yet time to wake up and that
until the sun is up, he too should stay in bed.