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Session notes for Bedtime Stages: 19 to 24 months


As children get older they may not need as much sleep or sleep as deeply as they used to. As a result they can be more easily disturbed by the noises around the house than they have been.

Ask  whānau:

  • How much sleep is your tamaiti getting each night?
  • How do you know they’ve had enough sleep?
  • What’s bedtime like for them and for you?
  • How do they tell you they’re tired and ready for sleep?
  • How can you tell that they’re not ready for sleep?

If a sleep routine has changed, it will be useful to try to work out what happened to disturb it.

Ask whānau:

  • What’s going on in the household that might be affecting sleep patterns?
  • How do you think you can help your tamaiti get back to, or establish, a calm bedtime routine?
  • What are some pleasant things you could do with your tamaiti to help them feel good about bedtime?
  • Some people find bath time, reading a book, singing lullabies or other favourite songs, or snuggling down with a special toy works for them. Do those ideas appeal to you?

During this stage whānau may want to move their tamaiti out of a cot and introduce them to a bed. It’s a good idea to do this when there isn’t too much other disruption going on, like moving house, or the arrival of a new pēpi in the whānau.

How does this relate to the SKIP resources?

Baby Wall Frieze - Pānuitia taku tino kōrero anō anō - read my favourite story again and again

Six things children need - Te hanga ao tōtika, ao haumaru - structured and secure world. 


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