So he's giving up the crib? You've been to the store and picked out the cutest toddler bed? All of you are totally excited? Except instead of rolling over and falling asleep, the way he did in the crib, now he comes out every two minutes to find you? All evening long?
Most little ones between 12 and 24 months need 10-12 hours of sleep per night, plus a nap. But many parents find themselves faced with a baby or toddler who becomes increasingly resistant to bedtime and goes through a period of waking earlier and earlier in the morning. How to cope?
The bad news is that some kids seem to be born good sleepers, and some don't. The good news is that falling asleep is a matter of habit. All kids can learn it. It may take some time to develop that habit, but your busy toddler can learn to put himself to sleep, and to stay asleep, eventually. Here's how:
Babies younger than four months old have very different sleep needs than older babies. This article will help you understand your newborn baby's developing sleep patterns, and will help you develop reasonable expectations when it comes to your baby and sleep.