I’m not sure if you have started working on any kind of toddler sleep training for your toddler yet. But, I would like to share a recent experience that happened to me with my grandson Mason.
So, as you may or not know from reading other articles, my grandson Mason lives with me. He is 3 years old.
That is to say, that when I sit down to write an article most of the time he is my main inspiration.
Therefore, this post is mainly concerning him. I say that, in hopes that this never happens to you.
If you are a parent that thinks toddler sleep training is important keep reading.
Just to get this off of my chest quickly, I am writing this post at 430am and Mason is sitting on the couch watching TV as I have given up on him sleeping today.
Yep, I know that there will be more than a struggle later today. However, at this point, I am at my wit’s end. This day started at 2 am!
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2 am Feedings
As a father of two and raising 1 grandson, I am well aware of 2 am feedings. And I really do sympathize with anyone that has to endure this for any period of time.
Perhaps this is why we are supposed to have children when we are young. However, I will say that 2 am feedings when you are older is tough on the body.
So, today is one of those days. I mentioned, Mason was up at 2 am ready to roll.
The first thing out of his mouth is “Pop-Pop I am hungry”. I attempted to ignore his request in hopes he would drift back off to sleep.
Then he started singing “I am Hungry” over and over. You can put your own tune to it if you would like.
To my amusement, I got up and make him something to eat. In hopes, it would result in a quick trip back to bed. Well, he did go back to the bed. What happens next gets even better.
Wait it Gets Better
Ok, I need to let you in on a secret. Mason has adopted my bed as his new sleeping arrangements lately.
In some ways I know that I will be a problem in the long run, however, at this point in my life I am OK with him sleeping in my bed.
With that said, let’s move on with the story. So after returning to bed he asked if he could watch his tablet.
As you can guess, it is now 230 am and was more than willing to oblige to his request mainly because I was hoping he would fall asleep watching and I could continue my night’s slumber. As you can guess, he did not fall asleep.
At 4 am he started singing again the same three words as earlier. “I am hungry”. And, yes it was to the same tune as earlier.
Mason ate a full meal last night as well as a snack before bed as usual. His bedtime was scheduled at 7 pm.
I’m not sure what sparked the early rising today. However, I do feel sorry for his daycare today.
I am quite sure he will be a pleasant joy around 9 am.
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See Why Toddler Sleep Training is Important
Now, I will admit that I don’t follow all the sleep training that I suggest and I would be shocked to hear if you follow everything suggested.
The importance of toddler sleep training can not be expressed enough.
However, the idea is to pick and choose what works for you and your family’s situation.
As I mentioned Mason has made the decision to no longer sleep in his room. This started as soon as I constructed his new bed.
He slept in this bed one night before he adopted my bed as his new residence.
And because he holds a soft spot in my heart for some reason,
I continue to let him sleep in my bed. Let’s just say that over the years I have learned to pick and choose my battles.
So, for now, going to sleep at night battle has been conquered.
Perhaps if I had learned back when I was a young father how to sleep train a toddler.
Maybe, I would have started training Mason sooner. And just maybe I would not have this problem today.
Who knows, I cannot change the past so for now I will continue to learn with you how to sleep train my toddler.
When to Start
That leads to the question of when to start your training. Many experts have given their opinion as to when to start.
To clarify, the correct answer is to start now if you haven’t already.
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It is never too late to start sleep training, it just gets harder as your toddler gets older.
If you find yourself asking how do I start, My recommendation for what it is worth it to start slow. Make 10- 15-minute adjustments to bedtime.
If you are allowing your child to watch TV or a tablet, simply turn it off a few minutes early.
By doing this each day consistently you will find that you will have good results within a couple of weeks.
The key is not stopping once you get started. Stick to your guns and stay the course.
Sleep training is just like your child going to school. When they get older the training gets tougher. But it must continue well into teenage years.
Toddler Sleep Training is Important
I can come up with several reasons Toddler sleep training is important. There can severe development issues if some sort of sleep training is not put into place.
Not to mention as your child gets older the sleep patterns will continue and you may not be able to reverse it later.
That is to say, sleep affects not only the development of the brain and body of a child. It also affects their diet and weight.
I am not saying that your child is going to grow up overweight. However, many studies have proven the coalition of sleep to childhood obesity.
Who to Blame
Who is to blame? And, who do I yell this morning for Mason getting up so early and staying up?
Not to mention, who do I blame for him sleeping in my bed? Who do I blame when he screams at bedtime for not wanting to go to sleep?
The answer is obvious in my situation, but, what about yours? You see, as I already stated I pick and choose my battles because I refuse to argue with a 3-year-old. And, by the way, he is getting really good at arguing.
I just thought I needed to throw that out there. Mason has several friends that are his age that he plays with on a regular basis.
As a result, I speak to all the parents concerning things that Mason does. And, believe it or not, they all have the same issues.
They have the same eating problems, the same bedtime problems, and the same bath time problems as well as the same other issues.
My final take on today’s events is this. As I look back at my dilemma it was only a one-time thing for the most part. Although I was a little rattled this morning I wasn’t upset.
I realize that Mason is becoming a little man each and every day and he is entitled to have bad days. His day started early and it will be a rough night.
But, hopefully, he will not continue this same routine tomorrow. If this post brings a chuckle to you, that is OK I am glad I could help brighten your day. My day will continue as normal.
Just as yours would if this event happened to you. It is definitely not the first sleepless night I have had, and I am quite sure there will be many more.
I realize that today’s post seemed to be all about Mason and it was. My whole point was to show you that you are not the only one with toddler issues.
Mason is my Joy and I hope your children are you Joy as well.
Thank you for reading and I hope I was able to leave something for you. If you have any experience that would like to share or want to leave a comment or a question.
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