Why Sleep Cycles Matter to Your Toddler

Let’s talk sleep cycles- do they matter? Heck yes mama! If you have a constant middle of the night waker sleep cycles might be at play.

Your toddler or child transitions from one sleep cycle to another and as they transition back into falling asleep and light sleep (several times a night) they wake-up a bit. If they don’t know how to fall asleep at bedtime without you, or they fall asleep in your bed and you carry them to their room- this can be very disorienting. Even a little change like turning off the nightlight or shutting the door can startle them to fully wake-up…Then you get a middle of the night bedside visitor!

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How can you help your child easily transition from one cycle to another? Make sure room conditions are dark, cool and there is a white noise machine playing the entire night. More importantly, teach your child or toddler to fall asleep in their own at bedtime so they can fall asleep on their own in the middle of the night.

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Jennie is a certified sleep consultant with a background in Child and Adolescent Studies who specializes in teaching toddlers and children to choose to stay in their open bed, fall asleep independently, and sleep through the night. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Studies, and spending time in the classroom, she decided to follow her passion and move to New York City to become a professional theatre actress. Between shows, she worked as a nanny. One family had a toddler that couldn’t fall asleep without help, he refused to nap and would wake-up multiple times a night. Frustrated by the lack of resources for toddler sleep issues she became a certified sleep consultant. Relying on her education and experience, she then created Week to Sleep geared for toddlers in an open bed.

Jennie has helped so many families across the country make bedtime easy and enjoyable. She has been featured on Mommy Mingle, Parentville, corporate Google, and buybuybaby. Jennie’s favorite part of working with families is when a toddler runs to their parents in the morning exclaiming, “I did it, I am SO proud of me!