Your Child’s Development
- Make sure that your child is dressed appropriately. He could be waking up because he is too hot or too cold. Remember, you should dress your toddler at the same level as you would dress yourself.
- If the new bed is causing the problem, create a boundary. His crib had rails to keep him in. You may want to try using a door gate for his room, or installing a bed guard rail on his toddler bed. Just having the rail at the side could provide him a secure feeling and in turn, he may go right back to sleep.
- It’s a good idea to use a nightlight. At this age, a child’s imagination is working hard and those shadows in his room could look pretty scary. A low light nightlight may be all you need to keep those scary things away.
- If your child thinks that there are monsters in his room, don’t play into it. Explain that monsters are not real and that they only exist on television and in books. Some parents find that spraying “monster repellent” (you can use air freshener) is enough to keep the monsters out of their child’s mind.
- No matter how tired you are, make sure that you always walk your child back to his bed in the middle of the night. Don’t let him climb into bed with you or your child will end up with the habit of sleeping with you, and that habit is very hard to break.