Toddlers aren’t good at figuring out when they’re tired, but she’ll tell you in other ways if she’s not getting enough sleep. Ask yourself the following questions:
If you answered yes to any of these, your toddler may be getting less sleep than she needs.
Don’t worry too much about your toddler becoming sleep-deprived. If she doesn’t get much sleep on one night, she’s likely to catch up the next night.
However, it should help in future if you establish good sleep habits for your toddler. To do this, stick to a structured and consistent routine. You may need to be firm if she tries any stalling tactics. This can be tough, but it will help both of you to get a good night’s sleep.
If your toddler has frequent and consistent difficulty getting enough sleep, talk to your health visitor for advice. Chances are it’s just a phase, but your health visitor will be able to help you work out whether there’s a particular reason behind it. If she suspects a physical cause, such as sleep apnoea, she will refer you to your GP.