Toddler Sleep Hack

I always thought that if you tire a toddler out physically with a ton of running, jumping, and climbing outside, she’ll fall asleep easily. People on the playground go, “wow, you are not going to have any trouble putting this kid to bed tonight.”

But it’s not true! It makes zero difference for sleeping how much she gets to be physically active. (Although it’s obviously extremely important for everything else and I’m obsessed with providing physical activity for Klara.)

There is something that helps, though. It’s activity books. There are these activity books for kids that have some basic sums, tracing, some basic exercises for logic (spot 8 differences or which object in this lineup doesn’t belong or labyrinths), and it’s all done with favorite characters. We have a Santa activity book, unicorns and rainbows, ballerinas, etc.

We did an hour with the activity book yesterday, and she conked out before 9 pm, which is unreal. Turns out intellectual effort is more tiring than physical. Plus, I love the activity books because they aren’t boring to me.

7 thoughts on “Toddler Sleep Hack”

    1. Textbook oedipal trauma but the author is not even remotely capable of seeing the real causes of this.

      It’s sad how people produce so many words instead of just looking honestly at the issue. And it’s a problem that knows no gender. I’ve known women like these. They are eternally replaying the drama of a cold distant, rejecting, philandering daddy and constantly bitching about loneliness. And it’s always, “guys don’t want me because I’m too brilliant, too independent, too special, too profound.” When in reality guys see she’s already taken by daddy and don’t want to compete.


  1. Intelligent toddlers do need the mental stimulation. From the age of two or three my daughter seemed to need less sleep than I did. She was at fulltime school before she was 4 1/2 because I couldn’t keep up! School did give her the stimulation.
    We did explain to her about bedtime before she was three, and I hit on the idea of making her a cardboard clock-face with hands she could move. We taught her how to read the clock-face and compare it with one in the kitchen, so she could see when it was her bedtime. She’d insist on having stories read and then settling down in her room to an hour or so of quiet play with all her farm animals or looking at books by herself, before she’d put herself to bed and sleep. It worked for a while!
    Don’t know the clock would work for Klara, you may have already taught her to tell the time. Digital clocks are far less interesting, we had no screens in those days except the TV downstairs.


    1. Our problem is that she wants to go to bed late and get up late. She’s a typical night owl, like both her parents. But life is unfairly organized to favor early risers. 🙂


      1. I can relate to that. Two kids were night owls, like me, one was up with the lark, like his Dad. But we all had to be up in the morning for nursery, school, work and things.
        Ideally I’d be up and doing until two and sleep until 11am, I’m told this is anti-social.


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