Just when you think you have it all together, your sweet little baby is now a toddler. What’s more than the occasional “mine” confrontation and hitting phase are the common problems that come with toddler sleep. If you aren’t familiar with those read the blog post here covering the four most common toddler sleep problems. Here are five products that will help your toddler sleep.
Five Products Toddlers Need to Aid Sleep
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Toddler Pillow from Little Sleepy Head – Last fall we reviewed Little Sleepy Head and Abigail said she loves their pillows. What sets Little Sleepy Head apart from other toddler pillows is their Hypoallergenic Cotton, being made in the USA, its easy to travel size and it holds its shape over time. Read the full review here.
Books that help toddlers calm down for bedtime. – In the previous blog post and Facebook live regarding toddlers and their sleep common sleep issues, I talked about setting a routine and making those minutes even the hour before lights out, a time of calming down and relaxing. Reading books that have a soothing rhythm and bedtime stories that talk about falling asleep peacefully are excellent to add into your routine if you haven’t done so already. Here are a few that I like:
- Goodnight, Dragons
- The Going to Bed Book – This is my personal favorite.
- If Animals Kissed Good Night
- It’s Time to Sleep, My Love
- Good Night Moon
OK to Wake! Alarm Clock & Night-Light – A common problem toddlers have is staying in bed once it’s the wee hours of the morning. This is where the OK to Wake! Alarm Clock comes in handy. The clock not only acts as an alarm clock but it’s also a nightlight. Then the 4.5″ bedside clock with soft yellow night-light glows green when it’s OK for your child to get out of bed. Other versions include My Tot Clock, Kids Sleep Trainer Night Light and Bluetooth Speaker – Pam The Penguin and Claessens’ Kids Kid’Sleep My First Alarm Clock and Sleep Trainer.
Nightlight – Not every toddler needs a nightlight, however, if you have a kiddo who is spooked by darkness then finding a nightlight that isn’t terribly bright is extremely important. Many of the clocks that I listed above can double as a nightlight. Here are a few of my favorite standalone nightlights:
- Starry Sky Rotating Projection by Bananas Over Baby – Portable Device Powered By Battery Or USB
- ANTEQI Carton Night Light – Features Dual Light Modes: Warm White Light and 9-Color Flashing Modes, Sensitive Tap Light Control, BPA-free Washable Soft Silicone, 12-Hour Portable Usage Supports All-Night Companion, Handheld Size and Standing Design for Flexible Placement
- Cloud b Twilight Constellation Night Light, Turtle – Projects a complete starry night sky onto the walls and ceiling of any room, three soothing color options blue, green and amber to create magical, tranquil environments and 5 minute timer ensures complete darkness during child’s deep sleep
Transitional Object – If your child has a transitional object such as a teddy bear, blanket, these objects can really help your toddler sleep longer in the nighttime. Read more about what a transitional object is here.
The main thing to remember with toddler sleep problems is that usually it’s a phase so if that means you keep reminding yourself, “It’s not going to be forever.” You will get through this and thankfully there are a few products out there that will help make that happen.
Bert Anderson is a blogger and social media manager mom of three living outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She’s the author behind the blog First Time Mom, where she honestly chronicles the peaks and valleys of parenting. Even though she has more than one child, Bert maintains that whether you have one child or 19, there’s a first time for everything. She’s a lover of coffee, conversations, pop culture, healthy living and fitness.