Sleep

This is an important age for maintaining normal sleep patterns. Remember that children learn what you teach them, and it is up to you to decide what you want to teach them. Different families will have different styles on this subject. For most, it is important to stick with your bedtime “ritual” – or modify it gradually (e.g. removing the bottle from it), and be sure the baby falls asleep IN BED, not in your arms. This way, the baby can learn to go to sleep independently, without help. When brief awakenings, which are normal, occur during the night the baby will then not need you to “go back down”. Both of you will sleep better as a result. It is not uncommon for good sleep patterns established earlier to break down during illnesses or family trips or other times when routine is disrupted. It may take some effort and some times of letting the toddler “cry it out” in order to re-establish good habits.