Transitioning Away From Rocking Toddlers to Sleep

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Transitioning Away from Rocking Toddlers to Sleep

Transitioning Away from Rocking Toddlers to Sleep  to teach your toddler to fall asleep independently when you have been the one rocking them to sleep. It will probably take a few nights for them to get used to the new routine, but it is worth it in the long run as they will be able to put themselves back to sleep during night wakings. During the early stages of teaching them to fall asleep without you, it may be necessary to be a sleep coach by sitting in their crib and patting them, stroke them, whispering soothing words, etc. Whoever is least likely to cave in and start rocking should do this for the first few nights.

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A good bedtime routine is another important tool in helping to break the habit of rocking. It can help your toddler to feel calm and ready for sleep, allowing them to self-soothe more easily at night. Incorporating a relaxing bath, some gentle music and some quiet time before getting dressed into their pyjamas can help set the scene for a good night’s rest.

It is also a good idea to try and move your child’s bedtime earlier, so that they aren’t going to bed too overtired. When they are overtired they tend to have trouble falling asleep, and they will often wake up during the night. I have found that verbal reassurance techniques such as the No Cry Sleep Solution can help babies and toddlers to learn to fall asleep independently within 3-4 nights!

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