Is my child too old for sleep training?

We often come accross parents of toddlers who wonder whether their children are already to old to be sleep-trained. The answer is ‘no’. You can always teach your children healthy sleep habits. Truth be told, the older the child, the more challenging the process is going to be; but it is certainly possible. Here are some things you need to take into consideration when sleep training an older toddler:

  • They need to sleep! If you have been following us, you know how important sleep is for children.
  • They learned from us. Be a role model in terms of healthy sleep habits. Children model our behavior, so make sure you are a good example in this area too.
  • They are smart. They’ll try everything under the sun to get your attention and get their way.

What method should you follow? We do not believe cry-it-out is the best method for sleep training babies; although we acknowledge that it might work with some babies*. When it comes to toddlers, it doesn’t work! You need to create a plan that involves your child, that is adapted to your child’s personality; otherwise, it won’t work. These are some things to keep in mind when building your plan:

  • You are trying to break a habit, that you help creating; be patient!
  • Consistency is key
  • Avoid fights and stay calm
  • There’s no negotiation
  • Make it fun and rewarding
  • Make sure the room is childproof
  • Don’t do cry it out, it won’t work with
  • They understand, get them on board!
  • Get them excited about sleep, make feel ‘adult-like’, praise them, reward them every morning for the first weeks

If you need additional help building your sleep training plan, contact us at or call us at 646 450 6605

Much love, Diana-

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