Sleep is crucial in our early development. If you have kids, it is important that while they are young, they appreciate the value of sleep but sometimes it is hard to put them to sleep. If they are already asleep but heard them cry or call out, putting them back to sleep is a lot harder. You have to know that there are physical and emotional factors that cause their “wakefulness”.
If putting the kid to sleep is hard, parents worry. Sometimes because of the external pressure and tiredness, parents are forced to discipline in hard measures just so the kid will sleep through. Toddlers need understanding and kindness – sometimes these are not given because of the exhausted families. You are thinking it has been hectic past few days here in Singapore and more hectic putting the toddler to sleep.
You have to understand the kid. Helping him/her sleep is the best thing that you can do and this will mean knowing the signs of exhaustion. Remember that toddlers do not settle if they are not sleepy. There are many things that excite them so sometimes they fight sleep to do it. Be careful with overtired or exhausted toddlers though because they are harder to put to sleep. It is important that you get your toddler to sleep before exhaustion comes. Here are the signs of sleepiness that you should watch out:
- Grumpy: You will know if the toddler is sleepy because he/she will become grumpy. When he/she is sleepy, he/she will surely become less tolerant to everything around him/her. If you notice your toddler gets easily annoyed or angered, that is a sign that he/she must be put to sleep.
- Jumpy: When toddlers are trying to sleep, adults around should be careful with their movements because they tend to be jumpy. If they are not yet asleep, they tend to be more sensitive to sudden noises and movements.
- Clumsy: If you notice that your toddler suddenly became clumsy – falling to tipping from side or dropping things, it is time that you put him/her to sleep.
- Cuddly: This is perhaps the sign that you love. When toddlers are very sleepy, they tend to seek comfort in the form of cuddles. If you notice that they become too cuddly, it is a sign that they should be put to sleep.
Understanding the toddler’s sleeping cycle will surely give light to many things. Seeing him/her sleeping peacefully is the greatest gift you could ask.