Advice on coping with trying toddler behaviour
If your tot’s been happily sleeping in her own room but suddenly starts wanting to be in your bed, you need to decide whether you mind or not. “Climbing into your bed is usually down to a child having a nightmare and waking up upset,” explains Judy. “If you’re happy to let her stay in with you on the odd occasion, then fine. But if not, it’s important to make a stand, and stick with it.”
Don't try to reason with a tired, confused toddler in the middle of the night. Simply pick her up, have a quick cuddle and carry her back to her own room.
“Don’t ask your toddler what the problem is, just scoop her up and pop her back into bed, making it clear with actions, rather than words, that your bed is not an option,” Judy says. “If she says she’s had a bad dream, don’t discuss it. Just sit with her until she drifts off.”
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