Settling Techniques for Young toddlers (12-18 months):
From 12-18 months your baby is changing into a young toddler and this can bring some extra challenges around bedtime. It is really normal for babies of this age to protest bedtime more, as their little personalities are really shining through now! They really do have a bit of FOMO emerging as well and would much rather be hanging out with their parents than be going to bed - no matter how tired they are!
At this age it’s good to know that children still need 13-14 hours per day of sleep over 24 hours, with two naps a day as well. So, to help prepare them for this much need restorative sleep you need a good routine in the evening.
As the time heads towards bedtime, begin your wind down routine. Your young toddler does not know the time on the clock but knows from their pre-sleep ritual that it will soon be bedtime. It also helps your busy little person wind down from their day. If you’re having difficulty settling your baby of this age, I would suggest a calm consistent settling plan that you work on over a couple of weeks.
Similar to the above strategies you can go in and out of the room or remain in the room if you like.