How to teach a toddler self-soothe

How old should you start teaching a toddler self-soothe? A toddler should learn to self-soothe at six months of age. Babies typically begin to sleep through the night at this age. They will know to self-soothe from this age as they start to establish a sleeping pattern.

The Golden Rule To T Each Toddler To Self-Soothe

You should stay in your child’s room while they are asleep. Teaching toddlers how to sleep independently is difficult during the first week. It shouldn’t take more than 2 to 3 weeks to establish the new sleeping habits if you do it consistently.

Each baby is unique, but everyone needs to have a consistent routine, especially at night. You can keep your toddler asleep by following a strict bedtime routine. This could include a warm bath, reading a story, cuddling, and a warm drink. They will likely be exhausted from a long day and ready for bed.

How to T every Toddler To Self-Soothe?

When your toddler wakes up in the middle of the night, be calm and soothing but not too brief. Give the child a hug or kiss and tell them it’s time to go to bed. He will eventually learn to sleep and only wake up when an illness or other problem occurs.

Common self-soothing behaviors found in children


Fingernail biting

Cuticle picking

Sucking clothing and other objects


Pulling hair and eyebrows

Hair twirling

Tips for Your Toddler’s Self-Soothe Techniques

If your toddler sleeps in a crib instead of a starter mattress, it is possible that they don’t realize they have to be in their bed every night. They may not understand this concept cognitively because children don’t typically grasp it until they are 2.5 years old. Children can take weeks to master this skill while you return them to their beds every night. Consider installing a safety gate at your child’s door. This will prevent you from worrying about your child wandering around the house after they wake up. If your child is feeling discomfort or teething, they may wake up earlier in the morning.

How many nap times does your toddler need?

Children aged 14 months and older need, on average, 11 hours of sleep at night and 2 hours each day over two naps.

Be Consistent

It will be easier to follow a consistent approach and have a plan for night waking. Nursing to sleep may not work. You may notice your toddler is confused or tired. If this happens, make sure you check the daytime feeding schedule. It’s a milestone for parents to be able to feed their children through the night

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