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.
- 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.
- 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.