Toddler Sleep Disruptions

Toddler Sleep Disruptions

Toddlers work hard to master standing and walking, and pursuing those goals may upset their other routines, especially their sleeping and napping schedules. Learn how to cope with these changes.

Your child's drive to master standing and walking has probably upset his daily routine — including his sleep schedule. His once-predictable morning and afternoon naps have become less dependable, and he's probably waking up more frequently at night. He may spend his crib time moving up and down instead of sleeping, and that's okay. Eventually, once the novelty of walking wears off, your child will return to a more settled state. Until then, keep putting him in his crib at nap time, but don't worry if he doesn't sleep.

Nighttime Struggles
At night, sleep disruption is even more likely. You can help your child get back to sleep by reacting calmly and firmly, and reinstating all the familiar rituals. Give him about 10 minutes to go to sleep on his own. Go in and pat him softly to reassure him you're there, and then leave.

Appetite Swings
Eating patterns may also be disrupted. Your child may eat next to nothing at one meal and more than you do at the next. He'll balance it out just fine as long as you don't make a big deal out of it. In between meals, offer high-energy snacks such as a bagel with cream cheese.

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Never thought of that

2/7/2016

My 21 month old is a child of habit so when her scheduled changed I couldn't figure out why plus she is now getting her big girl bed soon.

sleep disruptions

1/28/2016

good tips but I would like more info on topics

Disruption in sleep

1/26/2016

Good explained,,,, thanks for giving tip of giving heavy energy food at night

Wanting more

Thea's Mom 1/21/2016

I feel that this could be more detailed.

i have did everything

1/21/2016

my daughter will go to sleep about 10;30 and will be back up at 2 and wants to play now i only let her take one nap during the day but she dose not wake up again 4 and 5 in the afternoon HELP WHAT TO DO ?

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