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Chapter 5 Ngala Conversations About Sleep: 15-24 Months

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he's testing boundaries and he's learning how to say no don't forget to scream we need a lot of patience life with a child 15 to 24 months can be challenging as they test our boundaries and there's especially around sleep every day is different now trying to get him to sleep after the first year children's sleep about 12 to 14 hours a day around 18 months they often resist a morning sleep it's tricky one sleeps not quite enough to and your child is full of energy at night gradually move the morning sleep to early afternoon around twelve-thirty after an early lunch also separation awareness pinks and your child likes to be with you he's active he's exploring the world he's expanding his boundaries but at times he he still wants to come back and be clingy with with mum and dad at this age some children receives going to sleep for the first time it is about independence children might use sleep time as a chance to say no with sleep now you know he used to be able to go into his cot and here we go straight down to sleep but now he's standing up and he's running around the coach he's throwing his dumbing out the side or he's starting to sometimes even smack the side of the cart if he's wanting to tell you that he doesn't want to be there anymore so he's really starting to be much more obvious about the fact that he's not ready for sleep even though we might be telling him that it's time look out for your child's diet science the actions tell you how they're really feeling when olders tidy my guess emotionally and the way you react see he gets clingy and and gets big grizzly he'll revenue and if he's really tired you look we're both ears to his hands up trying to go to sleep mate at this age children need predictable routines and boundaries and expectations around their behavior there can be a lot of fun but a handful at the same time they're just so busy at this age between 15 and 24 months children experience powerful emotions including at bedtime until now your child has used smells tastes touch and sounds to understand their world around 18 months brain development offers them greater understanding of meanings behind words actions and emotions so use words when describing emotions to help them understand their feelings if she goes to do something I explained her past so that she knows what it is and if we explain her she doesn't mess up if a child is unhappy at bedtime or not responded to predictably and lovingly they could find it hard to settle or resettle to sleep it's because they now connect meaning and emotion around sleeping and settling children's imagination is also growing sometimes it can be difficult to go to sleep if he's worrying about something there may be fearful at sleep time when previously there was no problem sometimes he starts crying and it can be while we're putting him to bed or in the middle of the night and we don't really know why yeah good boy with my food at this age they like to choose what they do which is why meal and sleep times can be challenging often around 16 to 18 months children refuse to eat especially in the evening as long as they get balanced nutrition in the day offer an easy evening meal such as yogurt or custard and this stage routines and habits are far more important than a full tummy to sleep well settling and sleep strategies are really important always have a quiet time before sleep put toys away turn off bright lights and the TV super eponymous wears his teeth photo mrs.

Team mmm yeah that's right if your child watches TV make sure it's well before they try to go to sleep as blue light and screen movements can overstimulate the brain use a clear positive statement like it's time to go to sleep close your eyes I'll see you in the morning let your child know what you expect we suggest this because your child has an understanding about the emotional meeting of language the verbal cue is talking about their time and using that nonverbal sign and then when we're in the bedroom I usually say close your eyes time for sleep close your eyes time for sleep it's okay if your partner has a slightly different routine it's predictable ax t that matters at good night time your child might want to drink move around want a cuddle or ask for a story if your child won't lie down kneel or sit beside the kaat and Pat the mattress forcing your child to lie down can increase distress making settling harder stay until your child is calm then leave them to self settle if your child is distressed give them a cuddle always respond positively to your child when they're distressed and remember if your child has been to daycare you need to spend extra quality time with them when you get hot on they'll want to be close to you plan for this prepare your evening meal ahead to an ass in a fun time with your child I'm having a retainer Oliver works for us and it works for him and it's great having such a voracious little boy you

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