my 2 year old gets a sippy cup w/water at night. I think its a security thing for her.. of course we also did CIO with her back before I knew better and she's had attachment issues ever since. AS far as sleeping through the night, that's going to be different for every kid. Make sure your child knows that you are there for them, and that their cries will not go unheard. That is key to helping them develop a lifetime of healthy attachment, which actually fosters individuality!! Go in, soothe, and then unless something is really wrong say I love you, its bedtime and go back out. Repeat as necessary. Soon he will learn that you are there, but that nighttime is for sleeping, not for playing or having conversations. It's a process, but it can be done. Read Elizabeth Pantley's "No Cry Sleep Solution" for some really awesome tips on getting baby to sleep without resorting to CIO.
at 12:52 PM on May. 4, 2011