Most people think toddlers should be sleeping through the night and that any wakings reflect some fault of the parents. New research on toddler sleep suggests otherwise.
A new "gentle" approach to sleep suggests that if parents meet all their child's needs, sleep will follow. However, I disagree and believe this type of approach can actually harm families. Here's why.
Toddler fighting bedtime? Waking regularly? It may be time to reconsider your toddler's actual sleep needs.
We often hear people talk about sleep regressions, but this can send parents off on a tangent, fearing their child is losing skills they once had. Understanding what's happening is essential to helping parents cope with these times and truly help their kids.
Many parents who expect and accept their babies waking and crying end up frustrated when this stage doesn't magically pass in toddlerhood. Here are some of the many reasons toddlers wake and cry at night (and why they are deserving of our responsiveness too).