2yr old sleep troubles

Hello my daughter just turned two and she’s never been able to sleep through the night. She will also take a bottle at least once how can I improve her sleep? I’m trying to get a more consistent nap AND bedtime but I feel I waited too late.

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  • DrMonicaOrdway
    DrMonicaOrdway Member, Expert

    Hi @Lizette,

    First question is whether or not she snores? Snoring should always be evaluated by a sleep specialist.

    Second, it is not too late - "the ink is not dry" - but it will take about 4-7 nights of consistent effort to sleep train. If you deviate from the sleep training plan then the 4-7 nights start over again since babies and toddlers do not comprehend time. Be sure she is not taking a nap after 3:30pm. Most importantly, establish a consistent bedtime routine that ends with you leaving the room before she falls asleep. If you have not tried gradual extinction, then it may be a good solution. Start with a bedtime routine that includes 4-5 bedtime routine activities that last a total of 20-30 minutes each night and are consistently performed. Develop a mantra like "good night, I love you, I will see you in the morning" and repeat that phrase each night before leaving the room. If/when he beings to cry, wait 10 minutes before going in then calmly and quietly go to his crib and repeat the mantra in the same tone and with the same calming effect. Leave the room and wait 15 minutes before returning to say your mantra with the same loving, but firm and calm tone. Repeat this process, adding 5 minutes between each time period you go to his room. Babies do not understand time, but the consistent bedtime routine that includes hearing your voice with the same words repeated can provide predictability and comfort. This process allows babies to gradually learn to fall asleep independently while at the same time feel the comfort that you are not far away.