15 sleep tips for toddlers who wake in the night

toddler in the dark

So your toddler is no longer a wee baby who wakes for feeds in the night? Yippee! That means you are all ‘sleeping through’ now, right? Well, not necessarily.

A whopping 41 per cent of tots aged under three still wake during the night, so you are definitely not alone if your little one has decided she’d like to be included in this statistic!

Still, if you are quietly going insane from the chronic sleep deprivation, there are some things you can do to help everyone get some more zzz’s. Try these ideas and fingers crossed they’ll help you and your little night owl drift off to sleep all night long.

Don't rush in

Picture 2 of 15

Some toddlers are still learning the art of settling themselves back to sleep. As such, if you rush into her room at the first sound of a whimper, she may have gotten used to needing you to pat, cuddle or rock her back to sleep. This is called a ‘sleep association’. Try holding back a few minutes before you bolt into her room as this will give her a chance at settling herself. If the whimpering escalates, then try the next tip.

Subscribe to Babyology

Our email newsletters keep you up to date with what’s happening on Babyology.

We also have special newsletter-only offers and competitions that are exclusive to Babyology subscribers.

Sign up below:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Send this to a friend