Post # 1
So Dear Daughter has always been a great sleeper. She usually goes to bed around 830 or 9 and sleeps until 730 or 8 in the morning. For the past few nights, though, she has been waking up several times during the night and unable to soothe herself to sleep. Tonight, it got worse and she has woken up nearly every hour and is absolutely hysterical. A couple times, she was wet so I changed her. After I put her back in her crib, it’s back to kicking and screaming. I don’t think she is hungry because she won’t take a bottle. I also don’t think she is teething, but idk for sure.
Anyone else have/had this problem? What worked for you??
Post # 2
It could possibly separation anxiety, I think there’s another peak around 14-15 months? You could possibly try a night light in case your LO has developed a fear of the dark.
My advice would be to attend to your LO’s needs and reassess if the behaviour goes on for more than a few days or a week.
Post # 3
From a parent of a 2.5 year old who is only just starting to sleep through the night now (&usually up at 5:30), I envy you.
That being said, I can relate to how awful it us for your kids’ sleep pattern to change. It is often for no other reason than they are developing all sorts of skills at this point, and that can effect thier sleep. Is she acting normal during the day? The hysterical crying is kind of something concerning…If it isnt teething or an illness I would just keep doing your usual. It will pass. At this age, there is always something that will be changing. Even now my 2.5 year old will still have a few off nights.
…and I wouldnt recommend a night light. The room should be as dark as possible. Extra light can actually interrupt sleep cycles.
Post # 4
kortizi0: night terrors? I don’t have a child but I know they are somewhat rare, but possible. She might be hitting a new developmental milestone. I used to have night terrors at 18 months until I was 2.
Night terrors are essentially bad dreams ampliphied. They are caused when baby’s brain slips from one stage of sleep to another. It’s a normal fear-stricken reaction to brain change. Kids don’t generally remember it and there is no damage done. But in the meantime, it’s quite frustrating and even heartbreaking to watch.
Either way, talk to your doctor about any sudden changes in her sleep pattern.
Post # 5
it could very well be her teeth. Since they are all different with different eruption patterns, she may be in pain from some new ones coming in. If she’ll let you have a look, it justmight be the problem. Teeth hurt coming in!
Post # 6
Thanks for all of your responses! I forgot to add she is almost 16 months (must have forgotten..can u tell I was exhausted? Lol) if that makes a difference.
Post # 7
I do hear rumor of a big sleep regression around 18 months, so she could be hitting that a bit early, or if she doesn’t have all of her 1 year molars just yet it could be her teeth. Kids around this age sometimes do have nightmares/night terrors as well.
The last time Dear Daughter had trouble with night waking (she wakes once but almost always goes back to sleep within 5-10 minutes and doesn’t fuss at all) she ended up having an ear infection. She doesn’t spike a high fever and is rarely irritable about it, and it’s only the second ear infection we’ve ever had so I’m glad I took her in because otherwise I wouldn’t have guessed her ears!
Anyway, good luck, the whold toddler thing is HARD. DD is 15 months old and there are new and exciting challenges every day :/
Post # 8
This is a totally random idea, but apparently my husband used to wake screaming in the middle of the night when he was a toddler because of allergy-related problems (trouble breathing, I guess). I don’t know a lot of detail because I wasn’t even alive yet then! 😉 Anyway, my Mother-In-Law took steps to reduce allergens and it got better. Something to consider if you have a family history of allergies!