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Prepare for Battle! Toddler and Preschooler Bedtimes

Is your toddler making a million requests at bedtime to keep you coming back? Have you fallen asleep in your toddler’s room more than once this week? Here are some strategies for making bedtime a little smoother: Make sure you are asking your toddler to sleep when she’s ready to sleep. Recent research finds that a toddler’s circadian rhythm drifts later with time. In addition, children are more sensitive to light than adults and evening light exposure drives sleep later. If you try for bedtime at 7:00, but your toddler never falls asleep until 9:00 it’s possible that you are asking your child to sleep at a time when her body is telling her to be awake. To complicate things further, the stron