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  1. Thank you for this! My 22 month old was sleep trained at 5 months and has been a great sleeper since. We recently hit what I can only assume is the 2 year sleep regression. We are on day 8 and it has improved significantly, but we are no where close to where we were. Her night wakings have improved with staying consistent and not going into her room, but getting her down is very challenging. It’s either a battle and she screams and cries for an hour or she dictates her routine (really just looking for a little more love and time) and then asks to rub her back until she falls asleep. We have done that for the last 4 nights out of desperation, but I don’t want to start bad habits. Any suggestions how to stop this and yet still avoid a battle?

  2. Help! My 24 month old just started fighting sleep. He’s never gone to sleep on his own and has always fought a little bit, but since he turned 2 a few weeks ago, he now fights us for 2 hours every single night. It’s exhausting. I’m also 22 weeks pregnant, so I’m even more exhausted than normal. He naps at daycare for 2 hours every day from 1230-230. I’m not sure if he’s maybe not getting enough awake time after his nap before we try to get him to sleep or if it’s something else! We also just transitioned him to his “big boy bed,” which he sleeps in just as long as he slept in his crib (anywhere between 3 and 5 hours) before waking up screaming. At which point, he won’t go back to sleep and we bed-share (we have done this since he was 4 months old).

    • Hi Kristi,
      Thank you for using The Baby Sleep Site as a resource. I’m so sorry to hear you’re struggling with your toddler’s sleep, especially while pregnant – that must be exhausting. Often we do see a relatively late bedtime at this age for a toddler who is napping. You usually want about 6 hours between the end of nap and going to sleep at night, so for your son, maybe the bedtime routine would start around 8PM, and time in the bed to sleep would be around 8:30. If you’re already doing that and still struggling, I honestly would recommend considering a sleep consultation with one of our sleep consultants, who can look at your son’s schedule, sleep environment, and any sleep associations, and help you make changes so you’re all sleeping better before the new baby comes. You can email us at [email protected] so we can help you find the right package for you. Best of luck!

  3. Thank you for this informative article! I’ve shared
    it to a few of my followers and many of them enjoyed it also.

  4. My 2 and a half year old was a good sleeper. She would go to sleep between 7:30 and 8 o’clock. All of a sudden she now cries uncontrollably when it’s time to put her down to sleep. Granted, she has a 3 month old sister, we just moved into our new home when her baby sister was a month old and we were living with my in laws (and she’s grandmas princess). It’s hard to pinpoint what’s actually going on because there has been so much transition in a short amount of time. But this is going on every night now for 2 weeks and my wife is getting to the end of her rope, what can we do to get her back into her good sleeping habits? Nighttime reading just isn’t working anymore…help?!?!?

    • Hi @Samuel Barreto, thank you for writing to us. I can relate to your situation on many levels as my family was just in a very similar situation, so hang in there! It will pass as your daughter adjusts to the new house, baby and routine. Here is a link with some tips for toddler sleep that may help you manage through the transition: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddler-sleep-tips
      If things don’t improve or your wife is burnt out and needs help, let us know. We have a team of sleep consultants that can definitely help you walk through this situation until it’s resolved and she’s back on a schedule that works with your whole family. Feel free to contact us directly here and we can point you in the direction of more resources! Hang in there!

  5. So my 23 month old do not take naps no more. He will wake up like 10 or 11am depending on the time he slept the night before. for example last night he fell asleep at 10:30 pm which was great I thought we were in the clear but then he wakes up at 12am! I told my husband that just go back to bed with him he might just go back to sleep but he insisted on rocking him ( which my husband doesn’t get, feel like he is making it worse) we tried to leave him in his crib but he was crying like it was the end of the world. So now the baby fully wakes up and doesn’t fall asleep until 6am!!!! yes ladies you read right. My husband stood up with him since he usually works night shifts and he is use to this sch but I am not. I told my husband the days he is not here I am not going to be sleeping till 6am with him since that is the time I go to work.I don’t know what to do… i loosing my sleep here lol and sanity lol.

    • @Marlett, thank you for writing to us. I am so sorry you’ve been struggling with your 23 month old’s sleep. There could be several factors contributing to the wake ups and flipped schedule. I would suggest looking at our sample toddler schedules and working towards something similar and predictable to your toddler. You can view it for free on our website here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/toddler-schedule/
      At this age some toddler’s do act like they want to drop the nap, but I’d encourage you to continue to offer a nap during the day as most toddlers do not drop their nap until between the age of 3 and 4. Adjusting a schedule can be a lot of work and take a bit of time, so if you want any help and support through this we would love to be here for us. You can work with one of our sleep consultants one-on-one and they can help you get your baby on a schedule that works best for your family as well as help identify and resolve any other sleep related issues that may be going on or come up later. To view the options please visit here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/
      Hang in there, I hope this helps!

  6. Hi!!! Help!!!
    My daughter is 2 yrs as of June. I am 35 weeks pregnant and we just transitioned to a toddler bed. Worst mistake ever!!! Its been a week and she fights sleep for hours and wakes up every hour.
    Should we put the crib back up?

    • @Jenneca Bruckenstein, I am so sorry to hear the transition to the toddler bed is not working out! I can imagine that is extra challenging when you’re expecting a baby any time. How you move forward is definitely up to you and what is needed for your family. There’s no need to feel guilty to bring back the crib if it’s going to make things run smoother and try again later when she’s a bit older, or if you need the crib for the new baby eventually (I was in this situation when I was transitioning my oldest) with some consistency and firm boundaries you will eventually get there! It may just take more time and energy than you have right now depending on how strong her will is. Here is a link to a free guide with tips for how to handle toddler sleep issues that you can download here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddler-sleep-tips
      If you need more help with this (now or later) or with the new baby, feel free to contact us any time directly here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/contact
      I hope this helps and the end of your pregnancy goes well!

  7. Hi my 2 year old has stopped naps she gets up at 9 and stays up till midnight most nights with no nap and wide open the whole time

    • Hi @Amy, oh man, I am so sorry to hear that! I am sure you must be feeling that big time. Toddler sleep can be so incredibly challenging, and I do remember when my son first turned 2 we struggled for a few weeks with him acting like he was going to drop his nap before he got back to it again (there’s a final sleep regression around that age). The average age to drop a nap is usually somewhere between 3 and 4 years old. Hopefully things will smooth out soon, but here is a link to download a free guide with tips for toddler sleep that may help: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddler-sleep-tips
      If you need more help, I do think you would benefit by working one-on-one with one of our incredible sleep consultants where they can create a plan specifically for your daughter. Here is a link to read more about our Personalized Sleep Plans: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/
      If you have any other questions let us know, and hang in there! I hope things get better very soon!

  8. Hello
    I know exactly how this feels my 22 month old wakes up sometimes 15 times a night but normally 5 times without fail. Been like it since he was 3 weeks old. I have tryed every solution but i am close to gicing up 🙁 im not going back to using a dummy on him because that was gone before he was 1 and drinking 4pints of milk a night but this sleep thing is killing me. Im getting 4 hours max a night on sleep due to it. The only option i can see left is going to the doctors and getting sleeping tablets or something just so he sleeps. My other 2 sleep all night long

    • @Shannon – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us. We’re so sorry to hear that you’ve had such chronic struggles with your little guy’s sleep! I know how exhausted you both must be at this point. Getting some medical advice to be sure there’s no medical reason for his sleep challenges is a great idea. If not, then working on some type of consistent sleep coaching plan geared for toddlers sounds like it may be a good idea for you all. If you’re interested, our team frequently (and successfully) works with older toddlers and would welcome the chance to work with your family,too. You can read more about our lovely ladies here:https://www.babysleepsite.com/about Keep your head up, Shannon!

  9. My son is two years old. We moved in with my parents about two months ago and we are currently living in a small room while our place is being built.

    Since we moved, his sleeping has gone from bad to worse.Most of the night he is restless, moves and cries in his sleep. My husband and I have tried everything from co-sleeping to changing bet times but nothing works. ( He currently shares a room with us.

    I am drained ,lost and very tired.

    I am also a full time worker and can have a 12 hour day before heading home.

    Please help.

    • @Shana – Thank you for writing. I am in the same boat as you – living with family while we wait for our house to be built! It is so tough (but will make the new house so much sweeter after all this suffering, right?)
      We have a free guide available for tips on toddler sleep that you may find useful and you can download here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddler-sleep-tips
      If you are done trying to guess what to do next and want specific advise, I’d highly suggest working with one of our sleep consultants where they can help you figure out your current living situation, and you can purchase a package with follow up emails that are good to use through 6 months after purchase, so depending on when you’re moving, they can help you transition him into his own room again when your new home is finish. If you are interested you can view the options online here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/ or you can contact us directly anytime at [email protected] and we can help you select the best package for your situation.
      I hope this helps! Hang in there!

  10. Janelle,
    My 2 1/2 year old daughter has trouble settling down for her afternoon nap. I try to get her physically active to wear her out. When I lay her down at 2:00, she seems so tired she can’t lay still. If I try at 1:00, it just adds an hour on to the settle down process.
    Then she can nap 3 hours! I have tried to wake her earlier from her nap, but she’s just so out of it/distraught. Then bedtime is later than I’d like at 10:00, but she doesn’t fight it.
    It took a lot of work to get her to sleep in until 7:00AM. She’s sleeping about 11 to 12 hours a day and she obviously needs nap time, but I just want to make this time of day less conflicting and time consuming.
    Our nap time and bedtime routine are the same. Bathroom, read books, lay the bed with a few songs. I leave the room while she is still awake. She falls asleep at bedtime, but not at nap time. I have to get a little threatening at nap time and help her lay still. If she is still, she is out immediately.

    • @Jenny Haddock, I am so sorry you’ve been struggling with your daughter’s nap time! I went through this same thing with my son right around 2 1/2 as well! I thought he was giving up naps forever. It is also a big look into the future when you try to wake them up early, huh? It’s like they are little teenagers angry you’re waking them up on a Saturday morning. 😉 It does sound like she may be over stimulated which would be why it takes her so long to settle. Here is a link to a toddler schedule with one naps that you may want to try out for a few days and see (the nap is right after an early lunch, at 12): https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/toddler-schedule/
      You also may want to download our free guide on toddler sleep which will give you a few suggestions on how to tackle this with the will of a 2 year old: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddler-sleep-tips
      Hang in there! It may be a tricky transition but I hope this helps get her on a schedule so she can get the full 11-12 hours of sleep at night plus 1-2 daytime hours that she needs. Let us know if you need more help! You can always contact us directly at [email protected]