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Getting your toddler to sleep

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As your child grows and changes, they might need to be settled down in different ways. It may be that they’re now more aware of what’s going on around them, and might not want to be left alone. And when they learn how to get out of bed themselves, they might keep getting up again and again.

You might have tried them before, but here are some things you can do to try and get your toddler settled at night.

Top tips from parents

What the professionals say

“Children need to practise going to sleep and will benefit from a bedtime routine. Give them a bath or a story, and have them in bed and being cuddled within 20-30 minutes. Any longer, and they’ll have forgotten why they put their PJs on!”

Margaret Duncan, Sure Start health visitor, Dundee.

More information

Ready Steady Toddler has lots of information on helping your toddler sleep and getting them into a good routine. If you think your baby’s not settling at night because of a health issue, contact your GP or health visitor for help.

Sleep Support Line

Sleep Scotland's free Sleep Support Line offers advice and support to parents and carers, or to young people themselves, for any child aged 18 months to 18 years with a sleep problem. Call 0800 138 6565 or email to get in touch. BSL users can contact the service using contactSCOTLAND-BSL.

Their Sleep Advisors and Sleep Counsellors will complete an initial sleep history, asking questions on current routines, diet, exercise, and the sleep problem. They will then create a sleep plan based on the responses. For those parents who require it, follow up calls are also available. Visit the Sleep Scotland website for more information and advice.

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Last updated: 20 Jun, 2023