Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How

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  1. Rudi says

    My 21 month old is sleep trained but recently started waking up in the middle of the night screaming/crying for me. How do I continue his good sleep habits? I have let him cry for up to an hour and he will fall asleep but I was wondering if there were any other tips?

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Rudi, thanks for writing to us. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been struggling recently with a wake up from your toddler. It is so hard to determine why this happens – I recently went through this with my son as well. Was it the 18 month regression, teething, or some other power struggle? I may never know! Here is a link to a free guide with tips on toddler sleep that may help:
      I hope it’s just a phase that passes quickly for you but if you need more help, let us know! You can reach us at [email protected]
      Hang in there!

  2. Holly says

    My 2.3 year old has gone to bed like a dream from day one (to good to be true) all of a sudden he is scared, at first it was his camera monitor in the room so I removed it but now he still won’t settle unless I stroke his back and falls asleep, i am worried I’m making a rod for my one back and will have to do this for months on end. Any advise on how to get around this?

    • Neosha says

      @Holly – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village and for sharing. A 2-year old’s sleep can be quite difficult to manage for sure as they are going through quite a lot of development at this time, which triggers a sleep regression in many toddlers. Battling their new (but real to them!) fears can be a challenge many of us find hard to overcome without creating new habits. This article can give you more insight into your 2-year old’s sleep – and help you through this phase. I hope this helps. Hang in there, Holly!

  3. Starr says

    Love this

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Starr, Thank you for your comment and using the Baby Sleep Site as a resource!

  4. Louise Powers Doula says

    I would love to win one of these books to help my clients with their older children!

  5. Margo Davis says

    I go in and rub their back and remind them that it was just a dream, it wasn’t real and then tell them something good to dream about. If I need to I will get them talking about the fun they had that day to try to distract them.

  6. Sara Miñan says

    He doesn’t get very frightened yet, but if we think he’s afraid, we go into his room and soothe him. He also has started sleeping with a night light.

  7. Suzanne says

    Love a good story to transform fears without lying to the kids. I haven’t used it with my daughter yet. She’s still young, but I do use it when I’m substituting in a kindergarten class.

  8. Darcey says

    My daughter is 18 months and wakes up every night screaming. She is awake. She will not go back to sleep until I lay with her. We have 3 other school aged kids who need their sleep. If anyone reads this and has any ideas let me know. She points to the corner of the room with the night light every night. I would like some sleep of my own. Thanks!

  9. Dr Kaylene Henderson says

    Hi Rendy,
    While a specific fear of the dark tends to develop later in children, babies and young toddlers can certainly be afraid of being away from their parents, especially when they’re placed in new and unfamiliar environments. Of course, if you’ve changed routines during your travels, moved your daughter into a bed/new cot or suddenly changed her sleeping ‘cues’ (eg a blanket, mobile, rocking, breast or bottle feed etc) then this might also have contributed. Hopefully with time, consistency and your patience, she’ll begin to feel more safe and secure (and sleepy!) in her new environment.
    All the best, Dr Kaylene Henderson, Little Children Big Dreams.