Last week we spoke about winter sleep tips for babies, and this week we’re going to take a look at toddlers. The general safe sleeping guidelines don’t change. You still want to ensure your toddler doesn’t overheat or get too cold if sleeping outside. The difference with toddlers during the winter months are more associated with the change in routine and daylight hours. Read on to find out my top three winter sleep tips for toddlers.
This time of year can be so hectic. and there are many factors that contribute to this. Christmas is just one example. Winter colds and illnesses another. The change in daylight hours another still. There are so many reasons why your toddler’s routine might be disrupted, so it’s vital that you stick as closely to your usual routine as possible.
Plan your days around nap times and bedtime, and make sure you do all that you can to keep your toddler on track. It can sometimes be more difficult to wake toddlers from naps when it gets dark outside early, but it really is important that you keep an eye on timings as much as you can. Likewise, when you’re busy rushing around Christmas shopping etc, pay attention to your toddler’s sleep cues and make sure you’re able to get them to nap at the right times.
Let your toddler lead you
Less daylight tends to make us all sleepy, plus the busyness of this time of year in general can make toddlers more exhausted during the day than they would usually be. If this is the case, then don’t be afraid to let your toddler lead the way. If they’re tired, let them sleep- but as already highlighted above, pay attention to the timings and don’t extend the nap by too much if you can.
Use a sleep training clock to help with darker afternoons
As already mentioned, some toddlers find it difficult to adjust to the darker afternoons during winter, and will often become confused about sleeps if they wake from a nap in the dark. Using a toddler training clock could help to counter act this. Read this post for more information on what they are and how they can help.
During the winter months it’s important to remember that your toddler will need to adjust to the changes in temperature and daylight at their own pace. Remember that temperament plays a huge role in this and will affect how readily they accept the changes. Ultimately, there is very little you can do to control it- winter is here and it’s here for a while!