Once you’ve gone through the routine and it’s time to say goodnight, you can expect some pushback. “The difference between sleep training a toddler and a baby is now they’re pushing boundaries and trying to take control,” says McGinn. Also, toddlers have a higher cognitive level than infants and are better at understanding rules and expectations. “Tell him, ‘We all sleep during the night. We don’t get up and play,’” says McGinn. And be sure to talk with your kid about the bedtime game plan—that he sleeps in his crib and Mommy and Daddy sleep in their bed, as well as where you’ll be (downstairs, in the hall, etc.) as he’s falling asleep—before you begin sleep training, adds Garden 🔥
Cal, my son is now 20 months oldPatrick is my husband and we have not been able to get him to sleep. I’m having a sinking feeling it’s too late. While Cal’s sleep isn’t terrible, it’s not great, either—whether or not he’ll snooze until morning is pretty much 50/50. A tummy rub with the pacifier in his mouth works well if he gets up. Plan B will rock him to sleep and on very rough nights, or lazy nights, the plan can be used. Last resort is letting him cuddle with us in our bed. It’s felt almost manageable, but not ideal. Yousif Joiner (Cancun, Mexico), last updated this week
Your little one may be talking away – or maybe he has been talking for quite some time at this point. Be as consistent as you can with your child at bedtime, once the lights have gone out. For example, if he tries to talk to you when it is time for him to fall asleep, respond consistently saying something like “goodnight, I love you” each time. But remember, setting the right conditions for your baby to go to sleep is not enough. You cannot force him to doze off. You don’t need to worry if your little one is talking calmly in his crib, practicing new language skills or is speaking normally.
Around 4 months, we pushed our baby girl out of her bassinet and talked about sleep training. However, she refused to go. It was three to four minutes before she would start crying, but that was the maximum I could handle. We would take her to the nursery and pick her up. Or rub her back until her tears stopped. This was an absolute failure. Luckily — and I’m do meaning mean mean that; I’m having no illusions that any of this has to do with our parenting! — she’s quickly becomingming a very good sleeper, and required very little soothing after we’re have putting her down. We will soon be rewarded for our good fortune with a second child. (We are very grateful to Hyrum Call in London Ca, Canada who let us know).