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Is it possible to sleep train a toddler?

Anonymous

I’ve been cosleeping with my 2 year old daughter since she was born, she requires me to lay next to her and gently shake her body to sleep, or she’ll lay on my chest and fall asleep. It takes 30 minutes- 1 hour; and she wakes up 2-3 times a night. I have to help her sleep those times as well. I am currently 16 weeks pregnant, and I’m afraid when the new baby comes it will be impossible for me to get any rest. I know I shouldn’t have let it go this long, but at this point I just really need some advice or some sleep training methods I can look into.

  • Elena
    May 19

    Currently on the same boat my son just turned two we co-sleep but I have yet to get him to sleep on he's own nore sleep through the night:(

  • Anonymous
    May 19

    Not saying it will work for you but it does for me. I have a 5 year old that used to sleep by herself in her own room but recently the past year her dad lets her come in to our bed when she’s had a bad nightmare so now I’ve noticed she’s milking that cow and getting away with sleeping with us more and more. Husband used to travel more a lot but now he’s more home so he lets her get away with a lot but when he’s not home I put her in her own bed and have no issues with her. Few times she’s tried to come in to my bed in the middle of the night but I get really serious and send her right back to her bed. I’ve done the nice mom way of taking her back to her bed if I see she may had for real had a bad dream but usually I strongly tell her no young lady you have your own beautiful bedroom and big girls bed that you have to sleep in. I feel bad but not letting her get away with it is the key. You’ve got to be strong and if you have to be a “mean” mom for a few days til she learns then that’s what you have to do. If course always explain to her why she needs to sleep in her own bed and give her examples! Kids love to do what parents do so what better way to let them know mama sleeps in her bed just like you. If you have to sleep with her in her bed til she falls asleep, let her know. Don’t sneak out on her. She needs to start understanding yes mama will sleep with you for a little bit but then mama has to sleep in her bed because mama is tired and needs her bed just like you. Hope all goes well for you. Good luck

  • Anonymous
    May 20

    Is it only you that this happens with? Does your partner do the same with her? Can you try having him put her to sleep? I might try to break the getting to sleep habit first, then work on sleeping on her own. But if you're going to do it, do it now so it's not too much change around babies arrival. And @anon: my parents would let me sleep in their room if I was scared, but I wasn't aloud in their bed, I could sleep on the floor in a sleeping bag. didn't deter me from doing it, but I'm sure they were still comfy 😆

  • Anonymous
    May 20

    I’m hoping it’s possible; as we cosleep still and our kiddo is 17 months. My plan is to get her excited about her new room and have her input on her sheets n stuff. First step, will be to move her into the room and lay with her until she sleeps and eventually have her sleep on her own. Right now, I lay next to her until she sleeps and then do whatever else n then go to bed. She isn’t waking up at night as much n usually just patting her a bit helps her go back to sleep. You can also do the Ferber sleep method; just be consistent and she’ll get it. Good luck:)

  • Ashley
    May 20

    So, I transitioned my son from our bed into a pack and play in the same room as us. Now moving the pack and play to his room, then after a while will move from the pack and play into his toddler bed. His toddler bed is already set up, he likes to sit in it, but hasn't slept in it yet.

  • Ashley
    May 20

    You will likely have to break the how she falls asleep habit first, and then the where she falls asleep habit.

  • Lyniesha
    May 28

    I started my 1 year old off in her own bed in my room for about 2 months than moved her to the room across from mine with no problem. I only have trouble when she comes back from grandmas house.. usually the day she comes back I have to lay with her for awhile,