Fun Toddler Sleep Help: the Super Sleeper Reward Chart

Author Name: Heidi Holvoet, PhD

A sticker reward chart is a powerful tool to help guide toddler sleep habits. Print the sticker chart (free download below), get cute stickers and read the how-to below to get started with this fun and powerful (!) tool.

Toddler having fun reward chart

Positive encouragement proves it success time and again in your child's development.

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.

Toddler sticker reward chart

MARCH 2024 Super Sleeper Chart

APRIL 2024 Super Sleeper Chart

MAY 2024 Super Sleeper Chart

JUNE 2024 Super Sleeper Chart

Come back here to find the next months as time moves on.

Step 2. Find cool "stickers"*

Your toddler will love his reward chart!

Stickers to use with reward chart

Especially with lots of cool stickers to choose from, like this Super Sticker Assortment .

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 his attention.

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 instead!

You can also motivate with an extra special reward at the end of a great week or month: the big prize

The classic here is often the promise of a new toy but think about it: is that a true motivator for your little one?

What we find is much more powerful are often special activities such as a trip to the animal farm you don't usually go to, go feed the ducks or see the puppies at the shelter, go out for a 'tea' together, take a full bag of toys to the park which is not usually allowed, ... the ideas are endless!

What matters is that you find something that Your toddler really likes. Give it a few moments' thought, think of what they really like, always light up for, etc. you'll know what it is.

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 expect.
  • 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 it.

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 bedwetting solutions .

In which situations can you use a sticker chart? 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), ...

Good luck!

Article Author: Heidi Holvoet, PhD - Founder, senior sleep consultant

Heidi Holvoet, PhD

Heidi Holvoet, PhD, is the founder of the Baby Sleep Advice website and movement, an award-winning author, baby & toddler sleep consultant with 15+ 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. Also, Baby Sleep Advice was awarded "Most Trusted Infant's Sleep Solutions Company 2023" in the Benelux Enterprise Awards 2023.

Heidi continually conducts personal research and participates in continued education and in that way stays up to date with current scientific and pyschosocial infant care.

Association of Professional Sleep Consultants

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.

As well as the award-winning baby sleep programs, Heidi offers popular 1:1 consults and easy-access 30-minute SOS Sleep sessions.

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