Good sleep for toddlers (tips and tricks)


Good sleep schedule was our goal from the start. But there was a time when we were going through really crazy times during nights. We were able to go to bed at 2-3 am, because our son’s schedule was all messed up! My husband and I were so exhausted that we couldn’t manage to find any time to relax, or do our hobbies. Little guy was pretty happy because he wasn’t conscious about the Moon and the Sun. But I was very depressive and I was calling myself a bad mom. But then, I paused my literature studies. Because all the time spent there and all the time spent on studying just weren’t worth it (and still aren’t).

Because I am the mom who doesn’t give sweets, and tries to keep things organized. I choose books over TV, and I teach different languages and play with shapes. Also, I know when is eating time and I respect that (because young child won’t eat if you give treats between). I never yell and I never use force, and I teach manners. But that’s what all mothers do if they have enough time. My studies can wait, because there is someone who needs me more right now.


Good sleep enemies:

Too hot/too cold room; Hunger; Lack of rituals; Not enough physical activity; Stress; Tooth growth; Stomachache; Fears and bad dreams; Noise; Bad habits…

Eliminate all factors

First of all, temperature should be between 19 and 20 degrees.

And of course that if child is too hungry, he will want his bottle of milk. Make sure that your child has dinner two hours before bedtime, and light snack half an hour before. As light snack you can give yogurt and crackers, banana, apple and peanut butter, black bread and butter, etc.

Healthy snack and reading time

When I found out how rituals (meaning: not having rituals) may affect young children, I started to never lose them again. Because, if they know what they are up to next, they feel less stressed out about every world’s information. If they feel that it is 8 pm, they will know it is time for sleep. Rituals make them organized and powerful (just because they can feel what’s coming next and their body is ready for it).

My biggest tip is to always go outside! Play in the sand and in the snow, get lost in warm showers, throw rocks in puddle, get sunbathed, and catch the wind. Children just love to clear their busy heads outside, and fresh air helps them fall asleep fast.

TMI at short time is a bad thing, but a child just can’t help it. Every little nose loves the smell of new things. They learn fast, and they learn too much during every single day. And the world can make them feel very stressed. So, never put a child to bed before his/her relax time. An hour before bedtime, don’t play with toys or watch TV, don’t make loud sounds and play tickle game. Instead, calm your voices and read, talk, and cuddle.

They are so weak if they are in pain. When they are teething, they scream while sleeping and you can’t help them because they are kicking you away. We give our son medicine (which is all natural), and the pain usually stops after 20 minutes. But then, if you somehow manage to give a medicine, the child is wide awake and ready to play all night. But that factor you can’t change, just have to wait until all the teeth are there. Stomachache also wakes them, and sometimes they need to wake up so they can use toilet (or a diaper). Wisely choose food before bedtime!

Most common bad habit during night is waiting for bottle of milk. It’s only because they are used to it. But mostly, they don’t need it. This means that a child isn’t able to fall asleep alone, and so he seeks for attention (bottle of milk, pacifier, comfort things, parents attention and cuddling etc). At this time, you can only try offering a glass of milk, or a bottle of water (and let the child choose). Toddlers are not ready to cooperate like babies, but you need to stay determined.

Good sleep schedule is very important for bodies that are developing and minds that will someday rule the world.

Dad and son


  1. Joan Cajic - January 23, 2018

    I actually don’t really have like a routine or ritual that I stick to when it comes to my son’s bedtime, nowadays I just tell him it’s bedtime and he fights me a little bit by asking for ten more minutes then off to bed he goes. Believe me it was never like that before.

  2. Amber Myers - January 23, 2018

    What great tips! I remember trying to always tire my kids before bed and that seemed to help. If they were super stubborn, I’d remind them that it was bedtime and refuse to go back into their room until they went to bed. Luckily they were both pretty good sleepers.

  3. emmanuel damian - January 23, 2018

    These are good tricks and hacks for toddlers to have good sleep. I think I need to do these to my little nephews.

  4. GiGi Eats - January 23, 2018

    I can only imagine what this is going to be like for me when I have kids!!! Gah! I bet my kids will SUCK at sleeping – ha! Gah! Now I am not excited about that part of my life!

  5. Terri Beavers - January 23, 2018

    This is so true. When I take the grand kids to the park to play, being outside helps them sleep so much better.

  6. Jay Colby - January 23, 2018

    These are great tips for toddlers to have good night sleep. Having a good sleep schedule so important to child’s overall well-being.

  7. Ben Willgruber - January 23, 2018

    What I don’t get is why the sleep rhythm prescribed by society is counteracting the natural sleep rhythm of young children. Seems like they don’t wanna get up at 6 am like many other people too^^

  8. maayan - January 23, 2018

    with both of my daughters we had a sleep ritual going from day 1 at home from the hospital, it really worked for us.

  9. Ann F. Snook-Moreau - January 23, 2018

    I don’t have kids but these sound like great tips. In fact, I might have to set up some bedtime rituals for myself to improve my own sleep!

  10. Yocana talaia - January 23, 2018

    I have always had a routine from early it really helps me thru the day. Great post

  11. Sarah Bailey - January 23, 2018

    I can imagine from time to time it can be hard to get your child to sleep, so having some tips and tricks up your sleeve can always be a good thing.

  12. Erika Ramona - January 24, 2018

    I can hardly imagine staying up late until 2-3 am! It’s a good thing that you were able to come up with effective ways to get your toddler get a good sleep schedule.

  13. Dee Jackson - January 24, 2018

    Wow. This is such great information. I wish my mom had this when she was struggling to get us to bed.

  14. emma white - January 24, 2018

    As a mum tO 6 I totally agree getting them out and running off their energy is so important to mum and to child and it really does aid better sleep

  15. Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness - January 24, 2018

    I don’t have kids, but I hear that when you have kids you barely sleep because of it. I guess you need to have your kids sleep before you do! Some good sounding tips here.

  16. LavandaMichelle - January 24, 2018

    I am definitely going to show this to my friend who gave birth to twins recently. I remember these struggles I had my three. Great post.

  17. Dana Peller - January 24, 2018

    You’re right — Kids are easily distracted and most of the time they try and keep themselves up at night. Great pointers. Sharing with a friend struggling with this every night

  18. Sheri - A Busy Bee's Life - January 24, 2018

    My little one loves to be outside, so all that fresh air makes him sleepy. I am so lucky because he has been sleeping through the night since he was four months old and he is almost three now.

  19. Angela Milnes - January 24, 2018

    These tips are so accurate. Toddlers aren’t too bad once you set the schedule!

  20. Kimberly C. - January 25, 2018

    This is so important. Been there done that! Starting good sleep habits young makes them sleep good as they are older. My son can fall asleep at the drop of a dime when bedtime comes around. I really think it’s because as a toddler, we did everything we could to get him to sleep ha ha. Love thissoooo much.

  21. David Elliott - The Single Dad's Guide to Life - January 25, 2018

    Rituals are so very important in the development of your child. They help them to feel secure and loved as well as cared for. It sounds like you are doing an amazing job. And I agree that our children are far more important than studies in life. And we only have one shot with our kids.

  22. Ada - January 25, 2018

    These are awesome tips! I don’t have kids yet but I will have to refer back to this post when I do.

  23. Tee - January 25, 2018

    I must say my little one was a good sleeper since she was a baby but as a toddler I’ve realised I must ensure she sleeps well otherwise she doesn’t sleep the right number of times. I so agree with your tips!

  24. Heidi - January 25, 2018

    Good bedtime schedules were a definite must for my kids when they were younger. I think I need a better schedule for myself! Maybe it would help me! Too bad adults don’t sleep as well as kids! I had to laugh when I saw the ideal temperature you listed for sleeping. I did a double take because I’m used to temperature in Farenheit scale. The temperature you listed would be below freezing for me!

  25. Agentszerozerosetter - January 25, 2018

    A good sleep is so important, for kids and parents too! These look like all amazing tips, sure you tested them all, definitely to follow!

  26. Angela Ricardo Bethea - January 25, 2018

    These are some great tips for me. This is really helpful for me especially I am a new mom to my son. I will definitely save this. Glad you share this.

  27. David Elliott - January 25, 2018

    These are great tips. I think the hardest problem I had was not being on the same page with my daughter’s mother. When that happens, there really isn’t much of a chance you will provide consistency for your child.

  28. Kiwi - January 26, 2018

    A schedule is very important. Most kids are cranky and hyper because they dont have a properly nap and sleep schedule. Toddlers for sure need a daily nap and schedule.

  29. Rachel - January 26, 2018

    I used to work with parents with learning disabilities and creating a strong bedtime routine was really key for many of them. These tips are great.

  30. Ravmeet kaur Oberoi - January 26, 2018

    Kids that have had an active day sleep so much better! It is so important to have a routine down.

  31. Alison Rost - January 27, 2018

    Kids definitely live through rituals and routines that we set for them, it’s like clockwork. It’s good to fill out the day with activities that will make them have fun and learn without stressing them out. I really like the tips that you shared!

  32. Valerie - January 27, 2018

    This is what I do for my daughter (she’s 3) But as soon as my son was born, her schedule got a little crazy, Still trying to manage and finding balance to do 2 different routines.
    Good tips 😀

  33. Becca Talbot - January 28, 2018

    As I’m not a parent myself (yet), I’ve not had to endure any of these “issues” per say. But it sounds like you’ve got some great experience and advice here to share with other parents x

  34. Thena Franssen - January 29, 2018

    Great tips. We still battle at night for bedtime so I’ll be sure to refer to some of these tricks.

  35. kylie cre8tone - January 30, 2018

    It’s so great to have a good sleep with our toddlers… Quality bed time is so important, for mummy and for the toddler…

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