Posted in Siblings, Sleep, Multiple Children, Toddlers

Toddler sleep regression after new baby

We have a 2.5 year old, and recently had a new baby. We were told that toddlers have an adjustment period to new babies, so we expected some behavioral difficulties. What we didn't expect was a sleep regression. Our toddler wakes up 1-2 times a night, every night. It's been going on for about 2 months now (since right before the baby was born). He used to be a pretty solid sleeper, but now wakes up crying for us. This is *in addition* to the baby waking up throughout the night. I don't think the issue is the baby waking him up, because it's at random times of the night. Has anyone else experienced this? Any suggestions? We were thinking about pulling out our old sleep training methods from when he was an infant, but not sure those are appropriate for a toddler.

  • Liz
    Dec 04

    I have a similar situation at home. I have a 7 months old baby and a 21 months old and she wakes up during the night 2 to 3 times. I've read about it and is a thing so. Hang in there good luck!

  • Anna
    Dec 05

    We are essentially still going through this with our 2.5 year old daughter 3 mos after our baby was born, but the best thing I think you can do now is keep consistency with quick responses. I have a method: see if they are okay (I do hand on forehead for fever), quick resettle/pat pat, “love you, bye”! Eventually I think they will get the idea that the attention they want won’t last long. Also, our kid is getting molars which doesn’t help—does he have all his teeth?

  • Andrea
    Jan 08

    Buy “solve your childs sleep problems” by richard ferber. It covers all young ages and situations and gives great advice!