Once you get your new baby to sleep through the night, raising kids is cake—at least according to the thousands of books on the topic of infant sleep. But once you've settled into the role of mom or dad for a couple years, you discover parenting's dirty little secret: When it comes to repeatedly waking during the night, infants have nothing on toddlers.
In other words, if you were hoping you'd finally get some shuteye when your baby entered the toddler years, you're about to be majorly disappointed, my sweet, innocent, sleep-deprived friend. In fact, your chance of getting a good night's rest sometime in the next five years (or longer if you have multiple children) is about... Who am I kidding? You have no chance. You know why?
Toddlers may appear wide-eyed and innocent, but they're skilled in the fine art of nighttime deception and manipulation. In the semi-darkness of their nightlight-lit bedrooms, these tiny humans lie in their beds, crafting excuses for why they should get to stay up later. Perhaps you've heard one of these...