Sleep Expectations: 1-2-year-old-toddler!

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Sleep Expectations: 1-2-year-old-toddler!


Video Notes


My video today explores some of the things you may expect when it comes to your babe’s sleep in their second year of life!

Separation anxiety- I've been talking about separation anxiety in my last few videos which you can find here and here.

Separation anxiety tends to peak during this age group, and can often be the catalyst for the 18-month sleep regression.

There are ways you can help your toddler through periods of intense separation anxiety, including playing peek-a-boo or hide and seek where you go out of sight, and then you return. These activities teach your child to trust that you will return!

If separation anxiety is impacting sleep over a long period, it is best to get in touch with a sleep consultant (a.k.a yours truly!) to create a gentle plan that enables your babe to get the sleep they need in a way that respects their attachment processes.

The Two-to-One Nap Transition - this nap transition is a biggy! Around the age of 16-18-months, your toddler will combine their two naps into one, longer midday nap.

Ideally, you want this sleep to be as close to midday as possible, and last at least 2 hours to ensure they aren't going down overtired.

Increase in receptive and expressive language- you will notice a considerable increase in your toddler's receptive language over the next 12-months. Receptive language is what your toddler understands, while expressive language is what your baby says.

These progressions in development can be both a help and a hindrance! EWith increased understanding and ability to protest (cue "NO! a lot more frequently!), you may find bedtime a bit tricky.

On the other hand, with a better understanding, you can use words and chatting to your toddler to promote positive sleep practices and routine.

Tantrums- Yup. So it begins, the tantrums! You hear about the 'terrible twos', but no one warns you that the tantrums start as early as 1!

Your toddler is going to experience feelings of frustration when they are unable to communicate or do things their bodies want them to do. This is where temper tantrums begin to emerge.

And of course, you may see these play out at sleep time. Sigh.

I hope this video helps! Make sure to share the video around to teach other Mum’s about normal sleep expectations!


Don’t Know Where to Begin?

Check out my FREE Clean Sleeping Guide… The essential first steps to ensuring your babe get’s top quality sleep!

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