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how should i teach my toddler sleep trough the night

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:45 PM on Feb. 28, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • It depends on why he's waking and what you do when he wakes.
    If he's getting molars, he'll wake up.
    If he has a cold, he'll wake up.
    He'll wake up from nightmares and night terrors.
    If he gets too tired during the day (no nap, too much activity, etc), he will wake up.
    If you rock him back to sleep, he will wake up to spend time with you.
    If you scold him about waking up, he will wake up to spend time with you.
    If you lay with him until he's asleep, sing him to sleep, allow him out of bed, read him a story, get him a drink, etc... he will wake up so you can do those things.

    What you do about it is up to you.
    Some let their toddler fuss (or throw a fit).
    Some give in and figure the toddler will sleep through the night someday.
    Some stay until the child is asleep, slowly moving closer to the door.
    Some check back in every 5 to 10 minutes until the child is asleep.

    Your choice. Do what works for bo
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:55 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

  • We have been struggling with that too, I think it has to do with them getting teeth. Sticking to the same bedtime routine/time seems to help most of the time.
    kcCara

    Answer by kcCara at 8:29 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

  • kaycee14 brings up some valid points.

    I would also add that maintaining a consistent routine for naps and bed time is also key.
    My 27 mos old twins have been on the same schedule since they were 6 mos old and the only change was dropping from one nap to two.
    They wake between 6:30 and 7, go down for a nap at 1, and bedtime is 7p.m. (although by the time they've brushed teeth, been read to, and tucked in it's about 7:20). We also have used white noise from the time they were 12wks old. I followed Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. Feel free to PM me if you want to know more about it.
    twinclubmom

    Answer by twinclubmom at 8:31 PM on Feb. 28, 2009

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