Hi, I’m Krissy, and I Have Toddler Sleep Problems.
If you think I am a supermom and have all the answers, you’ve sure got it wrong. I have parenting challenges, that seem to change every
day minute, too. My parenting challenge du jour? Toddler Sleep Problems. My sweet J.C. (yep, that sweet little 20 month old I’m always doting over on Instagram and Facebook) is still waking me up at least twice a night. I’ve always been thankful that he at least goes to sleep for naps and bedtime easy. No rocking or elaborate routine like the oldest two had to have at his age. He’s always happy to just snuggle up in his crib with his lovey and sippy cup of milk and drift off to sleep. But at least twice a night he fusses until I go hand him his cup (or give him another full one if that one’s empty) and tuck him back in with his lovey. And since he drinks so much milk in the process, he’s always leaking through his diapers and requiring a disruptive diaper change. (I’ll let you know in a bit how Luvs has helped with that, though.) The whole process only takes a few minutes, but I sure miss ever having three or more hours of uninterrupted sleep. So I thought this time instead of just taking this parenting challenge to my B-Inspired Blogger mamas, I’d also look to all of my non-blogging mama friends on Facebook. Here’s what they have to say about how to solve my crazy toddler sleep problems…
Real Mom Advice for Solving My Toddler Sleep Problems
- Have a Consistent Bedtime Routine – “We have a nice bedtime routine with three stories only, then it’s lights off and we leave. We don’t linger if he wants more. He’s learnt that when we say goodnight we mean it, and we’re not coming back! If he wakes in the night then he gets the minimal interaction from us – we check he’s OK, tell him it’s sleepytime, then leave swiftly. It seems a bit cruel at the time but I think it helps.” George of Craftulate
- Back Further Away Each Night – “Off of an early Super Nanny [episode]……. you start with your hand on his back and say ‘Sleep (name) , Sleep.’ Nothing else. Every night the goal is to keep baby in the bed. Then move backwards a few steps nightly. Worked GREAT on my three girls who did not want to give up our nighttime cuddles.” Heather
- Use A Soothing Crib Toy – “We attached a fish aquarium [toy] that plays music to the crib. Every time our child woke us up, we acted as if they just needed us to push the button saying ‘Ok, I’ll hit the button for you.’ and then tiptoed out while the aquarium lit up and played music for 10 minutes. Quickly they started associating waking up with pressing the button and did it themselves. So you could say we conditioned them to the fish aquarium but it kept us from having to get up….but we then had to take it with us when we traveled.” Allison of The House of Hendrix
- Keep the Room Dark – “Only give him water, keep him in his room, no lights, soft music! Quick and simple.” Tia
(Consider trying Essential Oils to promote better sleep!)
- Get Rid of the Milk – “This is going to sound radical (because it did to me): you have to stop the nighttime milk. We gave our boys nighttime milk for way too long, just to get them back to sleep, but then my husband (who is a physician) wondered if the sugar in the milk was messing with their sleep. We made an ‘only water at night’ rule, which was met with several days of whining, but it did end up helping.” Dawn of Prickly Mom
- Keep It Strictly Business – “Make tuck back in ‘no frills’ [and] simply business.” Kandy
- Let Them Get Their Cup Themselves – “We put a sippy cup with water next to the bed so our kids can grab it themselves. The only reason they’re allowed out of their room at night is to use the bathroom.” Carla of Preschool Powol Packets
- Try No Cry Sleep Solutions – “I love ‘The No Cry Sleep Solutions‘ books from Elizabeth Pantley. She has great advice for every situation. He needs to learn to self soothe and put himself to sleep without milk & attention. I would just quit giving him the milk. You’ll have a few rough nights but he will learn that you’re not giving in.” Stacy
- Try a Sleep Sticker Chart – “You can start a sleep manners chart with stickers or whatever else he might like to get him to follow the no milk and 1 tuck in and stay in bed until morning rules.” Hanaa
Try Overnight Diapers for Toddler Sleep Problems
All of these mamas have awesome advice. And some of it I already do or already know, but it’s still SO HARD to be consistent, isn’t it?! I know that having milk in bed is a bad idea (for his teeth and his health), but I can never seem to hold my ground. Those crazy toddlers with their power over us! One thing that’s easy to change, though, is to put him in an overnight diaper. At least then (even with all of the milk he’s getting) he stays dry and comfortable through the night. And when he does wake and I give in and soothe him, it’s in and out with no diaper change needed!
But with my little guys crazy milk drinking habit, most overnight diapers just don’t do the trick. He still leaks through if not changed in the night. UNTIL we tried Luvs new Nightlock Diapers! I honestly can’t believe that they keep my little drinker dry all night. Apparently Luvs made these overnights have the largest absorbency area EVER and leak barrier leg gathers to stop leaks and it sure works. Plus they feel so strongly about it that they offer the Luvs Money Back Guarantee.
You won’t find Luvs Nightlock Diapers on retailer shelves until September 16, 2013. But once they do arrive, you can print some great coupons right from Luvs.com. And you can always follow along with Luvs on Twitter and Facebook.
More Baby and Toddler Sleep Help from B-Inspired Mama:
Have you ever had toddler sleep problems? What’s your advice for me? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below or you can add to the discussion on Facebook, too.
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