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Toddler Has Trouble Sleeping in New Home


We moved into a new house a week ago. Our 2-year-old son has adjusted well except for nap/nighttime. He won’t go to sleep without us being in his room or in the hallway just outside his door. How do we help him fall asleep on his own for naps and nighttime?



Moving to a new home is an adjustment for everyone, especially for little ones. He is still unsure and unfamiliar with his new surroundings, which can cause anxious feelings. It may take a few more weeks until he is feeling secure in his new environment, but here are a few things you can try:

  1. Keep his bedtime routine similar to the routine he had at your old home.
  2. Add some calm, quiet time before bed such as a soothing bath or a few bedtime stories.
  3. Put a small night-light in his ​room.
  4. Give him a bedtime item for security such as a blanket or stuffed animal.
  5. Be very calm and reassuring when you tuck him in.
  6. If he is crying, wait about 10 minutes. Then go in his room for 10 seconds and calmly reassure him by saying, "You're OK. It's bedtime now so you need to go to sleep. Mommy will see you in the morning."
  7. After one week, extend the time to 20-minute intervals if he is still crying.

Yes, this may take a few weeks, but with time and consistency it will get better. The separation anxiety he is displaying should eventually stop, and by being very consistent each night with only these quick bedroom visits, you'll have the best chance of resolving your son’s bedtime issue more quickly.