During the night when they wake, go to them and quietly reassure them that everything is alright. Say something like ‘sleep time now’, give them a cuddle, resettle them and when they are calm and falling alseep walk out of the room.
If your child comes into your room when they wake, gently take them back to bed and resettle them there if they are calm.
Toddlers have very different sleep cycles to adults and often appear awake by moving around or chatting when in a period of light sleep. If they are safe moving around in the cot, you can leave them to resettle themselves into deeper sleep. If the movements are violent, like head-banging and body-rocking, you can find some strategies to help here. It's a good time to put them into a bed when they are standing up and trying to climb out of the cot.
Remember every toddler is different and has their own sleep pattern many things can affect that such as development, teething, growth spurts and sickness. If you’d like more support with toddler sleep problems, give PlunketLine a call on 0800 933 922 – it’s free and available 24/7.