The norms of sleep from two to three

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Typical sleep at this age 

Two-three-year children need about 11 hours of sleep a night, and one-half to two-hour siesta.

Most children at this age go to bed between 19:00 and 21:00 and gets up between 6:30 and 8:00. It seems that your baby's sleep, finally, like yours, but the difference is that a child under four years of spending more time in the so-called "easy" or "fast" dream. The result? Because it makes more transitions from one stage of sleep to another, he wakes up more often than you do. That is why it is so important that the child was able to calm myself and go to sleep alone.

How to inculcate habits of healthy sleep?

Now, when your child is older now, you can try a few new techniques to improve nighttime sleep.

Put the child in a big bed and praise him when he is in it

At this age, your baby will probably move out of the crib in a large bed. The birth of his younger brother may also speed up the transition.

If you are pregnant, place the child in a new bed for at leastsix to eight weeks prior to the date of delivery, says sleep expert Jodi Mindell: "Let your older child how to settle in his new bed before he sees the child occupying his bed." If a child does not want to change the bed, do not rush it. Wait until his baby brother / sister is three or four months. The baby can spend these months in a wicker basket or cradle, but your older child will be plenty of time to get used to it. This will provide for an easier transition Cot-bed.

The main reason for which you will have to think about transferring a child to bed — it was his frequent vylezkaniya of the cot and toilet training. Your child should get up at night to go to the bathroom.

When baby moves into a new bed, do not forget to praise him when he goes to sleep and it stays there all night. After moving out of the crib baby may wake up with my big bed over and over again just because it is convenient to do so. If your baby gets up, do not swear and do not be nervous. Just put it back in the bed, firmly tell him that it was time to go to bed and leave.

Follow all his requests and include them in the discharge of your ritual to sleep

Your baby may try to delay the sleep, begging for "one more time" — a story, a song, a glass of water. Try to meet all reasonable requests made by the child and make them part of your ritual discharge of the night. Then you can allow your child to one additional request — but only one. The child will feel that he gets her, but you'll know that you're actually standing firm on his own.

Additional kiss and wish good night

Promise your child an extra kiss "good night" after you placed and hid it for the first time. Tell him that you'll be back in a few minutes. Perhaps by the time you return, he will have a good sleep.

What difficulties might arise?

If you go into a big bed your baby begins to wake up more often than before, put him back in the crib and gently kiss.

Another widespread problem in this age of sleep — it's refusal to go to sleep. You can solve the problem of EST, if you do manage requests a child before bed. However, be realistic: no child runs happily to bed every night, so be prepared to fight.

You've probably noticed that the child begins some new nightly anxiety. He may be afraid of the dark, monsters under the bed, parting with you — this is the usual children's fears, do not worry too much. Fears — part of the normal development of your baby. If he had a nightmare, immediately go up to him and calm down and talk about his bad dream. If repeated nightmares, you need to look for sources of anxiety in the child's daily life. Most experts agree that, if baby really scared, it can sometimes indulge in your bed.

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