A sticker reward chart is a powerful tool to
help guide toddler sleep
habits. Print the sticker chart (free download below), get cute
the how-to below to get started with this fun and powerful (!) tool.
Positive encouragement proves it success time and again in your child's
As he/she grows towards toddler hood it becomes even more
important. Also, and especially when it comes to sleep: every positive
association is a valuable investment for healthy sleep in the future.
With a reward chart, your toddler becomes proud of sleeping well.
In this way he/she learns that getting a good nap or night is
important, not just to make mommy and daddy happy but also to feel good
(about) yourself. That is an important lesson for life.
3 easy steps to get started:
Step 1. Download your monthly reward chart
There's a chart per month, download the one you need below - simply
just click, or right-click the appropriate link below.
The main strength of a sticker chart is that your child feels
your positive encouragement. The effect may be very subtle but he will
try his best to do well.
To give your applause and cheers just that extra bit of power: a
simple set of cute & cool stickers is all you need.
Choose them together, pick a character he particularly likes, a theme
that interests him or just a mix of silly ones that you know will draw
The more attractive the better!
*Or, and that's why I had "stickers" in quotes: think of what your little boy or girl will work hardest for: if you know that will be a success, you can treat them to a fun drawing of their favorite animals, a silly emoji or any image you can imagine, and they like, in the sticker spot as a reward
Step 3. How to use the sticker chart
Working with a sticker chart to guide and correct your toddler sleep
habits is very easy.
First, a couple of days before you start, patiently explain to
your child what you want him to do, for example not hop out of bed
after bedtime. Do this a couple of times so it is nicely clear what you
Show him/her the chart and the stickers, explaining that he/she
can stick a sticker each morning after a good night. Decide on a start
day together and put the chart in a place where you all see it every
morning (near the breakfast table?).
Then, after a good night: applause and time to stick a sticker!
If it didn't go well, then no sticker but don't give it too much
attention either. Just a casual "next time will be better" and that's
Play it by ear and be flexible enough to award a sticker even it wasn't
perfect but if he/she tried hard.
At what age can you start using a
sticker reward chart?
There is no single 'right age'. It heavily
depends on your child's personality and whether you can tickle his
interest in the chart and stickers.
18 months can be old enough to give it a try - never underestimate your
little cutie ...!
Or you may have more success if you wait until 2 years old. And after
that, at 3, 4, 5 years old and above a cool sticker reward chart still
works wonders. For example, it's one of the most successful
In which situations can you use a
Any situation where you want to encourage your
child to behave correctly in order to sleep better, and to keep peace
and quiet for the whole family during the night.
Staying in bed/bedroom after bedtime, not shouting out for you in the
middle of the night or too early in the morning, not playing in bed,
waking up siblings, not crying
when losing the pacifier (encourage finding and putting it back alone),
Heidi Holvoet, PhD, is the founder of the Baby Sleep Advice website and movement, an award-winning author, baby & toddler sleep consultant with 14+ years experience as well as a certified lactation counselor.
Over the years, Heidi has received several awards inluding a Mom's Choice Award (MCA) and National Parenting Awards (NAPPA) for her Baby Sleep Advice website, programs and books.
She is also a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants of which she was one of the earliest contributors. She obtained her PhD degree in physics at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
Heidi is passionate about helping babies and their parents sleep more and better, with her trademark approach that has been proven and praised time and again by parents worldwide to be effective and truly no-tears. Respect for you as a parent and your baby, is at the heart of Heidi's warm and kind support. Her approach always keeps in mind a baby's needs and abilities at any given age, is based on pediatric science and the most up to date knowledge in infant care and sleep science.