Why toddlers have sleep issues, and how to solve them

Dr. Greene’s take on toddlers and sleep…


As your baby becomes a toddler, chances are they will give you some sleepless nights. In this week’s post I’ve got your solution.

But first a little fun fact.

Strange but true: whether or not your toddler awakens you, each night you’re almost certainly waking up about every hour or so – nearly everybody does. The difference is that most of the time you go right back to sleep.

Why, oh why, doesn’t your baby do the same?

A couple of things are at play here: The first is that your baby is just about to learn to walk, and secondly, separation anxiety generally peaks around this time.

Since your baby is just about to enter toddlerhood, they eagerly want to try walking at every opportunity. This includes when they stir at 4am. And when they do wake up, they become frightened because they realize that for the first time in their life, you aren’t there with them.

It’s a growing pain for the whole family.

Lots of my patients have rediscovered the bliss of a good night’s sleep using my simple method. Watch the video below where I talk about how to do exactly that (spoiler alert: you don’t even have to pick them up or feed them).

This is a simple, effective solution to help everyone get a sound night’s sleep (yourself included). Give it a try with your child, and I’ll bet that in just 3-4 days you’ll find it works for your family as well.

If you do decide to give it a shot, leave me a comment telling me how this method for dealing with toddlers and sleep has worked for you.

Or, if you have a method that’s been particularly helpful, please share it with the community!

Published on: August 07, 2013
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Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.
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My two year old granddaughter recently began banging her head when she doesn’t get what she wants. I take care of her during the day and am very concerned that she will injure herself. Help .

well not that this will help you much but when my son was 2 or 3 he used to bang his head on the wall or fridge or anyplace for that fact it bothered me at first and he is 37 now so I’m not positive what I actually did after he did it for so long but knowing me I just thought it was funny after awhile and just let him go at it I mean to me he was not really doing it to hard to hurt himself, that I know of. Because today as far as I know it has not hurt him, he is a very intelligent 38 yr old. but good luck on your granddaughter. me myself would ignore her because I believe she is just doing it for attention. but just keep an eye on her. I would also talk to your daughter about it. hope all goes well.