I was reminded recently that Trixie Tracker isn’t just for infants and babies. Tracking sleep patterns can help establish good nap and bedtimes schedules for toddlers too. Kara emailed me out of the blue to share how tracking food allergies and sleep for her 3 ½ year-old son yielded big returns:
I just wanted to write and say thank you for the Trixie Tracker. You are tremendously improving the quality of our lives. We have been tracking a little over a month I think and we have already seen huge improvements in our management of our son’s food allergies & intolerances along with his sleep. Tracking the food online is so much easier than the written journal I was trying to keep!
By tracking our son’s sleep I have now been able to see patterns I never would have seen otherwise. It was counterintuitive to me that we would sleep more in 24 hour period if I cut out his nap (he is 3 ½). We no longer have to dri
ve him to sleep or lay with him for 2 hours at night trying to get him to sleep. He is now able to put himself to sleep at night.
By eliminating his nap, he is actually starting to sleep a full 11 hour night now (sleep has always been a problem since he was born) and has boosted his sleep time in a 24 hour period by about 1 ½ hours. He is happier and healthier. Thank you so much for the Trixie Tracker! I only wish I had started tracking earlier!
Transitioning a toddler away from a daytime nap can be a huge step because how do you know it’s really the right time? Trixie Tracker helped Kara make that decision and then showed her an increase of almost 90 minutes in overnight sleep as a result. Thanks for sharing your story Kara, and congrats on the 1 ½ hour sleep gain. That’s huge!