There are many things that parents can do to help prevent toddler sleep regression. One important step is to establish a bed-time routine and stick to it consistently. This includes winding down the child before bedtime with stories, reading them a book, or playing some calming music. Bedtime should also be a time for adults to relax and get some rest themselves.
If possible, try to avoid putting too much stress on the toddler by scheduling more than one activity at once or keeping them up late for fun. The establishment of healthy rules and routines is also important in preventing sleep regression. Toddlers need clear boundaries set for them in order to develop good habits. For example, telling your toddler no when they want something they’re not supposed to have (like sweets) will help them learn proper self-control later in life.