You know they’re tired, but they refuse to listen—and try as you will, the land of nod seems but a distant dream. Here are a few tips to help with your toddler’s sleep problems, from baby night-lights to soothing sounds for baby.
Sep 23, 2020
Watch out for changes to the bedtime routine (for example, their first time in a toddler bed, or cot without bars). However small they are, they could have some effect.
Don’t worry, they’ll just take a bit of time to readjust.
Aim for regular bedtimes and naptimes.
Let them choose their own bedtime story.
Try a baby night-light or leave the door ajar if they’re afraid of the dark.
Try white noise or a selection of soothing sounds for baby.
Try letting them settle themselves to sleep—self-soothing is an important life lesson.
Be nearby to assure them but avoid picking your little one up or taking them out of their room if they cry or fuss.
Make sure they’re as comfy as can be. Adjust their bedding and nightclothes for changes in temperature. Tuck their favorite toy in with them.
Try a snack before bedtime if hunger is waking them up. Some milk, or a banana before they brush their teeth may help keep their tummy happy and their heads firmly on the pillow.
Don’t despair. It can take time to master the art of sleeping, but you’ll get there eventually.
Breast milk is best for babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. At around six months of age (but not before 4 months), infants should receive nutritionally adequate and age-appropriate complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
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The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit www.healthhub.sg/earlynutrition.
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