It's SO hard when a formerly-sleeping baby turns into a fitfully-sleeping toddler. That's Jessie's situation, and she needs our help.
I need advice. My 2 year-old will not go to sleep on his own anymore. Ever since he started getting out of his crib and we changed it to the toddler bed, he sleeps on the floor and will not go to bed at night or nap time by himself. We have to lie with him which sometimes takes up to an hour and a half at bedtime. And go to him when he wakes up at 2:30 AM every morning as well.
I'm dreading sleep training again since this time he's older, and I fear it will be soooo much worse. Help please!
UGH. Can you hear the anguish in Jessie's appeal? The crib-to-toddler bed transition can be so challenging for so many reasons, not the least of which is your own sleep deprivation.
The sleep habits of my two kids (not surprisingly) were vastly different. One barely napped as a baby or toddler, but finally settled into a rhythym at about 3. The other slept like a proverbial baby, but then was up and down all through the preschool and kindergarten years.
I seem to have expunged the details from my mind, either that or they're lost in the sleep-loss fog of those years. There was some sleep training involved during the toddler years, and consistent naptime and bedtime routines, but I recall it being a long-term process.
Please tell me you have something more helpful to offer Jessie. Wisdom? Experience? Advice?
Please leave a comment with your tips on how to encourage a toddler to get to sleep on his own.
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