Toddler sleep: Your top questions answered

Is she ready for a big girl bed? Does she still need two naps? An expert answers all your toddler sleep questions.

By Today's Parent
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You asked us: Is my toddler ready... transition from crib to bed cut out naps during the day sleep with a doll sleep with a pillow

Expert: Umberto Cellupica is a paediatrician with a community practice in Maple, Ont. He is also a staff paediatrician at York Central Hospital in Richmond Hill. transition from crib to bed Toddlers usually make the move from crib to bed around their second birthday. If your little one is trying to climb out of her crib, it may make sense to make the change earlier, Cellupica says. Use crib rails to reduce the risk of your tot falling out of the bed. “And before you start the transition, have a strategy in mind for how you are going to deal with your toddler climbing out of bed in the middle of the night!” cut out naps during the day If your toddler is resisting your attempts to put him down for a nap, he might not need one,” says Cellupica. Most toddlers cut out at least one nap around the year-and-a-half mark. “This might require some trial and error. If you cut out the nap and he becomes very irritable or hyperactive, it might be a sign that he still requires at least a short nap or rest period.” sleep with a doll Wondering if your tot is old enough to sleep with her favourite dolly? "It's important for your toddler to feel safe and secure when learning to sleep alone. Using a special doll or teddy bear to help soothe her is a good strategy to encourage independent sleep," says Cellupica. As long as there are no parts that can easily be ripped off and swallowed, Cellupica says you can introduce her to a special toy anytime after her first birthday.

Advertisement sleep with a pillow If your child is still in a crib he probably doesn't sleep with a pillow. That might change when you transition him into his big-boy bed, around age two. At that time, Cellupica says you can introduce a flat pillow if your child wants one. (Back to top)

*Please note that the information provided should be used a guideline. If you’re concerned about a something specific always consult your family doctor or paediatrician.

This article was originally published on Jul 24, 2015

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