Toddler sleep habits


This weekend we got to experience the joys of toddler sleep habits.  Well I guess to make it a habit, it should be regular or have a pattern.  We haven’t seen much of a pattern over the last few months with her but Sunday night we saw a pattern.  Yup, every two hours we had a pattern of crying.


For the past two months of so, DJ has been doing pretty good sleeping.  Pretty good meaning she would go down around 7:30 and sleep through the night.  Then she started this “habit” of waking up at 4:30am.  Sometimes we could get her to go back to sleep by going in and rubbing her back, and sometimes if it were more like 5:15am, one of us would just wake up with her.  Our ideal “wake up time” for her would be 6:30am, so this isn’t too terrible but still way earlier than we would like.


We finally kinda seemed to work that out a little bit and then she started pushing her bed time back.  She just wasn’t tired at 7:30.  So we got on a good bedtime routine (bath, teeth, jammies, milk, bed).  Still it was 8pm most nights before she fell asleep.  Honestly, I wouldn’t mind an 8pm bedtime though because it means an extra 30 minutes I get with her on work nights.


Next we got into this “habit” of a wake up about 2 hours after she goes to bed.  Somewhere between 9:15-9:45pm.  We try to let her cry for a few minutes to see if she can settler herself back to sleep but it never works.  One of us ends up having to go in and rub her back.  Not the end of the world but odd.  I am not sure if something is waking her up at this time or she is just on a weird cycle.


Well this Sunday was a typical Sunday and she stayed up until 8pm (not too bad).  We had a busy day with a shorter nap (1.5 hrs instead of 2.5hrs) and cousins over for dinner.  Sure enough she was up at 9:30 again crying.  I went in to settle her and she went right back to sleep.  I crawled into bed thinking that it was a normal part of her “habit” and we wouldn’t hear from her until morning.  Which wasn’t the case.  The only “habit” she had Sunday night was to wake up crying every two hours (9:30, 11:30, 12:45, and 2:45).  I have no idea what it was about and after the 2:45am wake up she finally slept until about 6:30am.  She still woke up really crabby, fussy and tired (I was too so at least we shared the mood Monday).

Thankfully, last night she broke this two hour “habit” and slept soundly until I woke her at 6:30am for school.  She is getting so big in her crib!!

giraffe nursery sleeping toddler in crib



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