The most common difficulties experienced by children from 2 to 3 years are night terrors and nightmares, as well as resistance to bedtime. These children’s sleep problems can be solved with simple guidelines, and establish a routine right before bedtime.
Between 2 and 3 years of age, children need to sleep between 9 and 13 hours a day. The most common is a nap of 2-3 hours after eating and the rest at night.
Some children hate napping. If you still not to nap your child is not irritable or apathetic shown, do not worry or force to sleep. If very long naps and at night you trouble sleeping, try to reduce the hours of siesta.
Some children between 2 and 3 years are very rigid with respect to the rituals of sleep. Sleep rituals help children to overcome fears of darkness, night, solitude … fears that often arise between the first and second year and are frequent bedtime. Once purchased the right habits of sleep, ideally dispense with the rituals to sleep.
Although, generally between 2 and 3 years children tend to sleep without difficulty, it is not uncommon that some children resist going to bed or that once in bed, get up or cry. Sometimes, despite being sleepy, the desire of children to continue with the elderly, or anxiety that causes them to think about separating from them, shall be liable to fatigue.
Some children from 2 to 3 years and have fear of the dark , relatively common after age 4 and which has been said that, at bottom, is nothing more than fear of abandonment. In these cases, put a light socket in the room or leave the door ajar can be helpful for the child to overcome his fear. At the end of the day, this is only a transitional stage and within the ordinary .
In general, if the child feels in control will have less anxiety. To this end, we let him be he who chooses his pajamas, the doll, the story … Soft music before bedtime can help calm the child.
If, despite all, your child cries emphatically , do not rush to go to calm down. Wait about ten or fifteen minutes to see if for himself and then enter. You should not scold or punish him as if he misbehaved, but also rewards you with kisses or staying with him until he falls asleep.
If you get out of bed , it is best to accompany him back to his room, calmly, without anger or pampering . You must be patient as the slack will attempt to limit, but if you remain firm, will eventually give up and go to sleep, which is in the background for you.
Some children from 2 to 3 years and have nightmares at night, although usually not as elaborate as nightmares will be from 4 years. Despite all these bad dreams greatly uneasy as small children, for whom it is harder to differentiate reality from dreams. If suddenly awakened to reassure you go and stay with him until he falls asleep again.
If your child’s nightmares are often repeated, there may be something you distress or worry you. Try to tell you what happens. Perhaps it is asking too much in certain aspects of their education, maybe you’re not comfortable in the nursery or we miss you when you break it. Let him talk about it to unload their emotions and not take them to bed.
Perhaps you’re watching TV programs unsuitable for their age. Some children, already small, is distinguished by being more sensitive or impressionable. The newscasts , without going further, are sometimes so explicit in communicating to reports, which may leave a strong impression on the child’s imagination, which then will cost you sleep. The cartoon series … etc. Load violent , are not recommended for bedtime.