We often come accross parents of toddlers who wonder whether their children are already to old to be sleep-trained. The answer is ‘no’. You can always teach your children healthy sleep habits. Truth be told, the older the child, the more challenging the process is going to be; but it is certainly possible. Here are some things you need to take into consideration when sleep training an older toddler:
- They need to sleep! If you have been following us, you know how important sleep is for children.
- They learned from us. Be a role model in terms of healthy sleep habits. Children model our behavior, so make sure you are a good example in this area too.
- They are smart. They’ll try everything under the sun to get your attention and get their way.
What method should you follow? We do not believe cry-it-out is the best method for sleep training babies; although we acknowledge that it might work with some babies*. When it comes to toddlers, it doesn’t work! You need to create a plan that involves your child, that is adapted to your child’s personality; otherwise, it won’t work. These are some things to keep in mind when building your plan:
- You are trying to break a habit, that you help creating; be patient!
- Consistency is key
- Avoid fights and stay calm
- There’s no negotiation
- Make it fun and rewarding
- Make sure the room is childproof
- Don’t do cry it out, it won’t work with
- They understand, get them on board!
- Get them excited about sleep, make feel ‘adult-like’, praise them, reward them every morning for the first weeks
If you need additional help building your sleep training plan, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 646 450 6605