How to Get Your Toddler to Sleep Through the Night

posted by on 2022.11.03, under Everything Else

If you’re a toddler’s parent, you know that getting a good night’s sleep is often easier said than done. Whether it’s due to teething, separation anxiety, or simply a bad dream, there are plenty of reasons why toddlers wake up in the middle of the night. And while it can be tempting just to let them cry it out, there are gentler (and more effective) ways to get your toddler to sleep through the night. Here are four tips to help you and your little one get much-needed rest.

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Establish a Bedtime Routine

One of the best ways to help your toddler settle down for the night is to establish a bedtime routine. This could include reading a book together, singing a lullaby, or taking a bath. The key is to do the same thing(s) in the same order every night, so your child knows what to expect and can start winding down for bed.

Make Sure Their Bedroom is Conducive to Sleep

Another critical factor in getting your toddler to sleep through the night is ensuring their bedroom is set up to promote restful sleep. This means keeping noise and light levels low and providing their sleeping environment is comfortable (not too hot or cold). You might also want to consider investing in a white noise machine which can help block out any outside noise and further encourage relaxation.

Put Them Down Awake

It may seem counterintuitive, but putting your child down when they’re already asleep can make it harder for them to stay asleep through the night. So instead, try putting them down while they’re still awake but drowsy. This will allow them to drift off independently and hopefully stay asleep until morning.

Don’t Respond to Every Little Noise

If your child does happen to wake up in the middle of the night, it’s important not to jump to their rescue immediately. Unless they’re crying or in distress, try letting them fuss for a few minutes to see if they’ll settle back down. If they start crying, you can go in and offer some reassurance. But if you respond to every little noise, you risk training your child to expect attention every time they wake up, making it that much harder to get them (and you) a good night’s sleep.

Make Sure They Are Comfortable

The next thing you need to consider when helping your toddler sleep is comfort. You want to ensure they are as comfortable as possible when asleep. This means having the right pillow for their head and body.

There are a few features to look for in a toddler pillow:

– It should be soft yet firm. A pillow that is too soft will not provide the support with your child needs, but one that is too firm can be uncomfortable

– The pillow should be the correct size. A pillow that is too big or too small can also be uncomfortable for your child

– Make sure the pillow has a hypoallergenic filling. This is important if your child has allergies

– Look for a pillow with a removable and washable cover. This will help keep the pillow clean

Establish a Relaxing Environment

The environment in which your child sleeps is vital for helping them get a good night’s sleep. You want to ensure their bedroom is dark, quiet, and calm. This can be accomplished by

– Investing in blackout curtains

– Putting a white noise machine in their room

– Making sure the temperature in their room is not too hot or too cold

Implement a No screens Before Bed Policy

This one might be hard for some families to stick to, but it’s essential to implement a no-screens-before-bed policy. This means no TV, phones, or tablets at least 30 minutes before bedtime. The blue light emitted from screens can interfere with sleep, so it’s important to cut off screen time well before your child’s bedtime.

Don’t Forget About Yourself!

Getting your toddler to sleep through the night is important, but it’s also important to remember to take care of yourself. Make sure you get enough rest, eat healthy meals, and take breaks when needed. After all, parenting is hard work, and you deserve some time to recharge too!

In conclusion, There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to helping your toddler sleep through the night. But by following these tips, you can encourage healthy sleep habits that will benefit you and your child. Remember to be patient; consistency is key, and don’t forget to take care of yourself in the process!

7 Tips On How To Avoid Eye Strain

posted by on 2013.08.13, under Everything Else

Eye strain is one of the most common ailments that Americans do not believe that they are in danger

of developing. However, with the sheer amount of time we spend in front of our computers and

smartphones each day, eye strain is an inevitability.

When you can no longer tolerate the strain you are placing on your eyes each day and you begin to

suffer from extreme pain while at home, these tips will help you to reduce the strain on your eyes.

1. Heed The Warning Signs

If you are beginning to feel persistent pain in your eyes, even while resting at home, this is typically a

sign that they are experiencing a strain. Even pain in the shoulders and neck can be seen as a warning

that eye strain is starting to build up, so be sure to listen to these signs.

2. Reduce Your Eyes’ Workload

Do you really need to bring your smartphone with you every time you use the restroom? Does your

computer monitor’s brightness setting truly have to be turned all the way up? Take a look at your

lifestyle and make some subtle changes to reduce the workload that your eyes are taking on each day.

3. Keep A Distance Between Your Eyes and Screens

There is no need to sit on top of your laptop or have your smartphone two inches from your face at all

times. This increases the amount of work your eyes have to do on a daily basis. Pay attention to the

ergonomics of how you interact with screens and do your best to keep a safe distance. It helps to have

a proper chair, which can be bought at a budget price thanks to a 10% off coupon or other promos.

4. Use Larger Fonts

The smaller your fonts, the more strain you are placing on your eyes. While some may tease and mock

you for using larger fonts when it is time to read or have a lengthy interaction with a screen, using

smaller fonts decreases the strain on your eyeballs.

5. Don’t Forget To Blink!

This one may seem obvious, but spending too much time in front of screens can actually make a

person forget to blink on a regular basis. Be sure to blink, before your eyeballs begin to dry out and the

strain is increased.

6. Keep Lights Dim

If you are using a screen, it is best to keep the other lights in the room at a dim level. When multiple

lights are competing for your attention, this causes added strain for your eyes, so reduce the amount

of dueling lights in each room.

7. Take Breaks

Adhere to the 20/20 rule of gazing at screens. For every 20 minutes you are spending peering into a

computer, television or smartphone, take at least 20 seconds to stare at a different object that is at

least 20 feet away.



posted by on 2012.08.29, under Everything Else

Remember Janet Lee from our Coffee Table Book of the Week post? Now you can watch the talented DIY designer in a new video series, “Tiny, Eclectic, Amazing Spaces.”Check out the inaugural episode featuring her space. Because we all need a little small space inspiration.




Janet Lee’s Apartment photographed by Aimée Herring

Janet Lee’s Apartment photographed by Aimée Herring



posted by on 2012.02.28, under Everything Else

If you like The Frugal Materialist, please take a moment to vote for us in this year’s Apartment Therapy Homies, the annual award for best home design blog!


posted by on 2011.04.06, under Everything Else

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