Does anyone know how to get a toddler to sleep all night? My daughter has yet to do so

Anoushka - posted on 04/24/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi. My daughter is almost 2 and has yet to sleep all night. Does anyone else have a toddler whom doesn't sleep all night? Does anyone have any tips on to how to get a toddler to sleep all night?

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Grace - posted on 04/24/2010

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My daughter who is now 34 weeks old (almost 3) slept terribly until she was 9 months old when I moved her out of my bedroom (she was in her own cot) and into her own room. From then on, she slept 10-12 hours. I don't use bottles to coax her to sleep - but made sure her tummy was full so she won't wake up in the middle of the night. Now as a toddler, sometimes she would be clingy and wants mommy or daddy, and sometimes we would give in and lie with her for a while. Then sometimes she would be afraid of the dark so I got her a torchlight with projection caps (Tinkerbell for eg) so she has control over the lighting situation. Most nights she would leave the torchlight on and use up all the batteries but that's OK. As long as she felt less afraid of the dark I don't mind recharging the batteries.

Also, I'm quite strict about bedtimes. I don't let her come to the living room and play with her toys if she can't sleep. I'll march her back to her room and tell her if she wants, she can read a book in bed or play with her torchlight. I'm non-negotiable. Maybe she knows that and doesn't try the whining trick.

Hope that helps a bit. Good luck!

Kathleen - posted on 04/24/2010

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ohh.. i think everyone has gone through this.. the only advise i can say is you have to keep trying things... when my kids were toddlers i talked to them about the differnce of dark being bed time and the sun coming up being morning... i told my kids that when it was dark they were to stay in bed.. and when the sun came up shined in the window it was morning...

as the kids got up in the middle of the night i would ask is the sun up.. they said no then i would say well back to bed.. it is sleep time... we did this untill they caught on.. and to this day unless they really need me they stay in the bed.. but when the sun is up my daughter will tell you it is wake wake time... see the sun is up....

the only thing you can do is just keep putting her back.. she will catch on...

good luck

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