Helping your toddler name their feelings can help them sleep better


  • Your toddler is learning to name their feelings, so helping them by saying “you look tired” can help them learn what they are feeling.
  • When you notice your toddler is tired, tell them that they look tired and suggest quiet time or sleep.

By teaching your toddler to learn what they feel when they are tired, you can help them learn when they should take a break or go to sleep. When you help them learn this, it can save you and your toddler from meltdowns. You can also help them name their feelings other than tired, so that they learn how to talk to you (and others) about what they feel.

To find more information, check out:

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2011). Toddler Bedtime Trouble: Tips for Parents. Retrieved from Toddler Bedtime Trouble: Tips for Parents

This and other exclusive tips from the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics are shared via Bloomz, the app connecting parents and educators everywhere. Want to get them on your phone? Invite your child’s teacher, coach or care provider to sign up for a free Bloomz account.

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