Sleep Makeovers for Toddlers

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Your tot wakes up to watch the sun rise every morning.

What's going on: Your child may be an early riser who simply fills his sleep quota by 6 a.m. and wakes up cheerfully, says Parents adviser Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., associate director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Or he may be experiencing a final night waking. Telltale signs: He wakes up still tired, fusses for an early nap, or falls asleep in the car when you head out.

What to do: Make sure your toddler's room is dark and quiet in the mornings. Also, wait a few minutes before going in to get him. He may learn to play quietly on his own or doze off again. It sounds counterintuitive, but try making your toddler's bedtime earlier, says Dr. Mindell. Overtired kids tend to have more night wakings.

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