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Get Your Toddler To Stay In Bed: 5 Easy Techniques

Lots of toddlers and young children have a hard time sleeping at night. It can feel impossible to get your toddler to stay in bed. So we’re going to share some tips that will definitely work for you and your toddler.



1) Help them understand why they need more sleep: 

Toddlers may not understand the importance of sleep, but it’s still essential for them to know that it’s necessary and good for them. When you get your kids to sleep, they can feel like part of a team.

2) Have fun with bedtime:  

Even though it’s essential to respect your child’s bedtime, it’s also vital for you not to be in a bad mood while tucking them into bed. Be sure that you are having fun by reading stories or telling stories about the day, and be sure not to take things too seriously. That way, you can enjoy some bonding time together before bedtime.

3) Don’t overdo it:  

The last thing you want is for your child to have nightmares. So make every moment of bedtime a positive one. For example, if they are getting sleepy and afraid to go to sleep, you could read a funny story together. If they’re exhausted, they’ll be more likely to go to sleep peacefully if you play with them after bedtime.

4) Have a bedtime routine:  

Sometimes children need more of an idea of what they’re supposed to do at bedtime. In that case, have a bedtime ritual. That way, your little one can feel more secure and get ready for sleep faster. Sometimes the most important thing is that even if your little one doesn’t sleep long, they at least feel safe and learn to calm down before going to bed.

5) set limits:  

A “no TV” rule is a common way for parents to get their kids to sleep. The idea is that if they can’t watch TV at bedtime, then they’ll go to bed faster. It’s also a good idea to set limits on naps, such as only allowing them to sleep for a certain amount of time or making them take short naps throughout the day instead of sleeping all afternoon.

What Time Should I Put My Toddler to Sleep Every Night?

It is best to put your toddler to bed during the same time every night. It may take a little while before they sleep through the night, but eventually, they will do so. You should keep them awake for about one hour after they have been put to bed. It will help them learn how to fall asleep. You should also keep your toddler in bed for about one hour after they have lost sleep, as they are likely to wake up many times during the night until they can stay asleep for more extended periods.


Factors That Affects a Toddler’s Sleep

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If a toddler has a disrupted sleep cycle, they may not be able to fall asleep. It can happen if they are having a hard time falling asleep. Sometimes toddlers also have trouble staying asleep. These are indicators that it is time for you to get your toddler into bed.

1. Time of day – Most toddlers have trouble sleeping in the evening and are highly energetic during the morning. Some toddlers also may have difficulty waking up early in the morning if they go to sleep late.

2. Stimulation – New sights, sounds, and experiences can keep a toddler awake at night. If your toddler is exposed to too much stimulation during the day, they may be too excited to fall asleep at bedtime.

3. Food – As with adults, what a child eats can affect how they sleep. Many children have difficulty falling asleep after eating, especially in the afternoon. Also, some foods and beverages may interfere with sleep.

4. Environment – Often, the room or climate is keeping a toddler up at night. If your child has trouble sleeping at home because of factors such as noise or temperature changes, you may want to consider other possible issues around your home that could be contributing to your child’s sleep problems.

5. Illness – If you know that your child is feeling sick and having trouble sleeping, try other ways of helping them sleep independently. Other signs that your child may be suffering include coughing or sneezing, whining and crying, fever, or diarrhea. It is also important to note if your child has a stuffy nose or pain when swallowing.

6. Stress – If your child is experiencing stress, that could contribute to their sleep problems. Try to make sure that there are no dangerous events in the household or school that could be causing your child stress.

7. Sleepiness – If you see your child yawning and yawning during the day, they are very likely, not tired enough for bedtime.

What Should I Do About My Toddler Waking Up During the Night?

Some toddlers will wake up more efficiently during the night than others, and some will wake up more quickly in the morning. It is an excellent idea to do something that will help your child fall back asleep, such as a lullaby or singing to them. This way, they can go back to sleep more efficiently on their own. If they are having trouble falling back asleep on their own, then you should lay them in bed with you. Then gradually move them back into their bed as they can fall asleep.

In the instance that your toddler starts waking up between 10-12 pm, it is probably because of the lack of sleep time during the day. If they are getting enough sleep during the day, you should ignore them and let them wake up in the morning. If it continues to happen, you may want to move their bedtime earlier or have them nap in the afternoon.

What Should I Do About My Toddler Sleepless Nights?

Many toddlers experience a lot of nighttime waking. It is essential to keep in mind that it is normal for children under three years of age to wake up at night, especially if they wake up in the middle of the night. However, if your toddler continues to have many sleep problems more than they should, there may be something causing them to have these patterns.

  • If your toddler wakes up at night several times a week and has trouble falling back to sleep after they wake up, it may be that they are experiencing sleep paralysis. It is a phenomenon where the body cannot move quickly. It may also be an issue if your child is waking up during the night and wakes up very frightened.
  • If this is the situation, you should try to figure out why your child is waking up at night. If it is a nightmare, you should avoid turning on the lights and make sure that your child can quickly calm down. Try to find out what may have caused the suffering, such as something they heard or saw while asleep.
  • If your child cannot fall back to sleep on their own, then you should talk to them in a soothing voice. Ensure that you do not make noises or sudden movements so that your child is not frightened.
  •  If they are very sleepy, then they will fall back to sleep more easily. If they are not tired, you can either lie them in bed with you until they fall back asleep. Or place them back in their bed and gradually move them back to their bed when they have fallen asleep.
  •  If they wake up again, move them back to their bed. When they stay asleep, leave them in their bed when you are getting up.
  • If your child continues to have the same problems, even if they go back to sleep each time after waking up, it may be that something is causing your child to be frightened by the dark. Ensure that your room is not too dark at night. There should be some light-emitting devices close by or on the ceiling of their room.


There’s no way to guarantee that your toddler will sleep through the night. Fortunately, through this article you may be able to get your toddler to stay in bed easier.

If you have any questions as to how you can get your toddler to stay in bed, please feel free to send us a message. We love to answer your questions and help you with some of your concerns.