When your toddler turns two, they start to understand they are an independent individual with a voice. This milestone has many names: self-affirmation, “terrible twos” and early adolescence.
This independence may start to interfere with your routines at home. Tantrums are perfectly normal as your toddler learns to deal with his emotions and frustrations.
Your toddler will use the word “No”.
It’s likely your toddler will resist the start of their bedtime routine. They know what’s coming and would much rather keep playing or spending time with you than go to sleep.
At two years old, your toddler still needs a daytime nap. Their wake windows should not be longer than five or six hours. Any longer and your toddler will become overtired, irritable and more likely to have a tantrum. It will also make it harder for them to fall asleep.
Tips to handle this regression
- Stick to a good sleep schedule and a structured routine. Knowing what’s coming next will help your baby feel secure as they experience so much change in themselves. Persevere. You’ve got this!
- A good naptime routine will help your baby get the sleep they need.
- Keep calm, this won’t last forever.
- Avoid introducing a new sleep prop, it might become a habit that’s hard to break later.
- When limits and rules are enforced with love and affection, they are more effective.