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  1. Neosha says

    @Alexis – Thank you for reading and for sharing your opinion with us. We’re saddened to find that you may have misinterpreted something you read on our site. We love babies and toddlers around here and would never label them all as any of the words you’ve mentioned. Describing a behavior a parent sees or notices has no reflection on who your child actually is as a whole. Please reach out to our Client Relations Team to direct them to any post you’ve read that led you to this conclusion and we’ll be sure our editor takes a look and makes any modifications found necessary. Thanks again for your feedback.

    • Neosha says

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  2. Risa says

    My baby has been going through what I think is the regression…
    We keep the same schedule. Bed at 7. She usually wakes up at 7. Takes a 2-3hr nap. Bed at 7. Now, every other day she started waking up at 6. We let her play happily until we can get to her, but then she naps at 12:30 on schedule – however on these days she’s waking up early (literally every other day) she only sleeps 1.5hrs! Bed at 7. Sleep til 7. Good nap. Bed at 7. Early wake at 6 (or sometimes before!). Short nap. Etc. When she takes the short nap I let her in her crib to happily play and talk to herself but, it’s been only a week now and it’s almost weird! I guess just keep doing what I’m doing?!

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Risa – Thanks for writing and sharing what is going on with your 18 month old! Nap disruptions can be very common with the 18 month sleep regression, so know you’re not alone! It sounds like you are paying close attention to your little one’s schedule! Do feel free to continue what you’re doing, or you can try putting her down just a little early for naps on the says where she wakes early, if you think she may need some extra sleep! Hopefully things smooth out very quickly! Good luck Risa!

      • Risa says

        Thanks for your reply! I hope things improve also. However she seems pretty set in her ways to only take 1 nap per day. If I put her down earlier for a nap on her early wake days, I’m afraid she will still only nap 1.5hrs, and never get back to sleep for a 2nd one if needed to get her to bedtime. Many times we have done this, and we put her in for a 2nd nap (or what we call a “rest”) and she just stands up, sits down, sings, talks, lays down, plays, etc. So hard to know what to do!

      • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

        Hi @Risa – Thanks for writing back! Sorry for the confusion! What I meant in my previous comment is to put her down to bed for the night early on days where she does take a shorter naps, to make up for the short nap. I hope that helps! Let us know if things do not smooth out and you need some one on one help with this!

  3. Nicole Stoker says

    A week ago, my 16 mo started skipping his nap every other day or so. He just plays and/ or rolls around in his crib. His schedule is the same, up at 7 and nap at 12, and he had been going down just fine. He now either falls asleep immediately or not at all. I leave him for 2 hours and then get him up. Luckily he’s not crying, but he’s not sleeping either. Is this the regression? What do I do?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Nicole – Thanks for writing to us! Sorry to hear that your 16 month old has been trying to skip his nap! Yes, this can be because of the 18 month sleep regression, and we know how tough this can be! Keep offering those naps every day, and make sure that his sleep space/room is nice and comfy and conducive to sleep! He’ll likely need an earlier bedtime on days where he skips the nap too. We hope things smooth out very soon, and he’s napping every. single. day. Please feel free to contact us if you need assistance!

  4. Liz Fin says

    My 20 month old out out of the blue started crying hysterically when we put her down for bed. Prior to this, she would say night and and barely watch us walk out the door. Now, she cries when we try to put her down and says “no, no!”. We don’t know what happened since we have not changed our bedtime routin. Everything is the same.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Liz – Thanks for writing, and sorry to hear that your toddler is struggling with sleep! It sure sounds like the 18 month sleep regression! Hang in there and follow the tips in this article! Please let us know if you find that you’d like one on one help getting through this tough stage!

    • Leila says

      Hi my baby is 19/20 months and he has started screaming in the night and had a good hour or so of just screaming and shouting out either for someone or his favriout thing too watch on telly. He does not settle easy like he used and even has a fuss over nap time. My concern is a few days ago in keeping with when this issue started he fell and chipped his front teeth. There was a little blood and a little dry blood under the tooth. Now I don’t know if this is the reason he’s not sleeping. He also at times pushes his duly out and refuses it and then cry’s because he wants it but dsnt take it eventually I manage too give it to him. Am at my wife end any advice would be god

      • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

        Hi @Leila – Thanks for writing and so sorry that things have become so tough with your little guy! This can be a hard time for sleep regressions! Regarding his tooth, if you think it is causing any discomfort, I’d recommend taking him to the Dentist to get it checked out. Regarding his sleep and fighting sleep so much, make sure he’s on a good day and night schedule so you’re putting him to sleep at good times, have a good routine and a plan in place and stick with it. The tips in this article can help, and if you find that you need more help, please contact us! Hang in there Leila!

  5. Sangeeta Das says

    My baby is 18 months old. He usually sleeps at 10 to 10:30 pm at night and wakes up three to four times for breastfeeding. If he wakes up early (before 7 am), he takes two naps at day time and if he wakes up late(9 to 9:30 am), he takes one nap at day time. Recently he wakes up half an hour after he goes to sleep at night and refuses to go back to sleep. Than he sleeps at 2:30 to 3 am and wakes up at 10 am. This is taking a toll on me as I am a working mother and the weather is also very hot. So could it be due to weather condition is affecting his sleep at night or due to some other problem? He is continuing his day time sleep nicely.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Sangeeta – Thanks for writing to us, and I’m sorry that your 18 month old is struggling so much with sleep! We know how tough this can be, and you’re not alone! Yes, hot weather/temperature can certainly play a part in how our babies sleep, as we write in this article:
      He may need some help learning how to fall asleep and back to sleep too, and help getting on a good schedule. We’d love to help you and your family get sleeping better! You can read more about and purchase any of our consultation packages here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/
      Hang in there Sangeeta, and let us know if you need any assistance!

  6. Ev says

    Hi, my son is 18 months and has been refusing naps. He sleeps 11 hours at night, he falls a sleep on his own. About 4 mon th s ago he started refusing his naps because I was on strict bed restbecause of mu pregnancy and his grandma came to be with us and started putting him down. About a month later I was able to stand and began putting him down again. He went back to sleeping his 2 hour – 2 hour 30 min nap again at 13. But a month ago his grandma left and he hasn’t seen her since (we live abroad). A week after she left he started refusing naps again. Its gotten so bad as to only sleeping 15min and screaming like crazy without falling back asleep. He calms down after we tell him he needs to sleep and j ot scream, but though he’ll stop crying he still wont back to sleep and yells out “mama” or “up” every few minutes He has been refusing his naps for three weeks now. We’ve been trying to keep his nap rutine the same without any luck. (We try and keep him in the crib from 1 to 3, his regular nap time, depending on how much he.is crying.)

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Ev –
      Thanks for writing! I’m sorry to hear that your little one’s naps have gotten so tough! We would love to help you and you’re not alone! With toddlers, it’s all about setting limits and being consistent, which is sounds like you’re doing, so hang in there! Here’s a link to another of our articles that you may find helpful:
      Hang in there and don’t give up on those naps! I think that this article will be helpful too:
      For additional help, I would recommend that you consider our e-Book, The 5 Step System to Better Toddler Sleep. It is written specifically to help parents of toddlers with sleep issues. The book includes a number of detailed sample schedules, as well as an explanation of the various sleep coaching methods you can try at home, with your toddler. It also contains several sleep planning worksheets and sleep logs.
      You can find out more about this ebook, and order the book directly online here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/5-step-system-toddler
      We hope that this is helpful for you, and please let us know if you have additional questions at any time!

  7. Kerri Lohr says

    My 17 month old is definitely going through this regression stage. It started a few weeks ago where he would just wail when we went to put him down for a nap or to bed, where before he easily went down for both without a simple fuss. After a few weeks of this going on, he stopped suddenly and we thought we were in the clear. Well, now his issue is waking up around 4am every morning and screaming his head off until someone comes in his room. The only thing that calms him down is to be held while he sleeps or laying on the floor of his room with him while he sleeps. CIO is not working at all this time even though we have tried (it did work a few weeks ago when we were having the issue with him resisting just going to bed). Trying not to create bad sleeping habits, but would appreciate any advice if we should be doing things differently. He is going through a little separation anxiety too and just cries for a long time when the sitter comes over now. He is also quite a willful child and definitely enjoying his new found “freedom” from learning to walk recently. Just trying to be as patient as possible but it is hard sometimes!

    • Neosha says

      @Kerri – Thank you for sharing with us. We feel your pain! This age is THE age for willfulness to really show its head but along with that comes the anxiety and development issues that are, at times, mind boggling. While you don’t want to ignore your little guy when he’s crying from anxiety, you also don’t want to encourage the crying by reacting too strongly or emotionally to it – it’s a fine line to walk! Early waking can definitely be a result of everything you mention – consistency in your approach is key! It may be a good idea for you to connect directly with one of our sleep consultants who can walk you through handling this and course correcting step-by-step – you can read more about them here:https://www.babysleepsite.com/about Hang in there!

  8. N.H. says

    My daughter is 20 months. Ever since the time change (2 months ago!), she has been taking forever to fall asleep. We do a short and calming bedtime routine starting around 6:50 (pjs, cup of milk, 2 books, tooth brushing, night night song). She is sucking her thumb, twirling her hair, and seeming ready for bed a little after 7. I put her in her crib and say goodnight and she’s laying down.

    FOR THE NEXT HOUR, she is a mix between laying completely still and sitting up and chatting. She rarely yells out, but there’s some of that too. We haven’t had to go in to calm her or anything like that, but it’s sooooo frustrating to see her just not fall asleep for so long when I know she’s tired! To make matters worse, she’s been up in the middle of the night for 30-60 minutes. Last night, she was yelling and crying for 5-10 minutes, but then would fall back asleep. Whenever I’d get up to go to her room and comfort her, she’d be quiet again.

    Should we just keep doing what we’re doing or is there something we can change?

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @N.H. thank you for writing to us. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with your daughter’s sleep the last few months. It is tough! You didn’t mention her naps but sometimes the daytime schedule can be a factor so I don’t know if you’ve considered that. Here is a link to a sample schedule for a toddler that may help you see if you want to try changing anything out: https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/toddler-schedule/
      If there’s nothing you need to change, I’d say hang in there and keep being consistent like you are. Thankfully she’s not screaming her lungs out, she just sounds like she’s busy and maybe needing to unwind a bit (and hopefully those night wakings subside soon and quickly). If you find things don’t get better soon or they get worse, let us know and we can help you with some more detailed next options. Just email us directly at [email protected] and we can help you more from there. Thanks again!

  9. Dora says

    Our almost 18 month old has been waking up 2 hours after we put him to bed. We rock him to sleep and when we try to rock him back to sleep around 10 pm (bedtime is 8) he cries when we try to put him back in his crib. Because we all need our sleep we’ve been bringing him to sleep in our bed but we want him sleeping through the night I. His own crib in his own room. Due to medical issues I take medication that makes me very sedated at night so this is extremely hard on us. My husband who wakes early is the one who ends up suffering the most. Help us please! We see his doctor next week

    • Neosha says

      @Dora – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us. We feel your pain – sleep at your son’s age can be quite a challenge (an exhausting one at that!). The 18 Month Sleep Regression can definitely trigger night wakings and more fussiness during the night as well. If your little guy relies on you all to get to sleep and back to sleep, you may want to consider some formal sleep coaching to help teach him how to sleep more independently. This will help him learn to sleep in longer stretches and put himself back to sleep between sleep cycles without him needing you all to rock him back to sleep. It does take a bit of time but consistency pays off. We have dozens of articles on the blog that will help you find a method that works for you and your family. You can also consider more support by looking into our Toddler Express Sleep Plan bundle or working one-on-one with one of our expert sleep consultants on a sleep plan of action for you all. You can read more about them here:https://www.babysleepsite.com/about Hang in there, Dora!

  10. jaime sidler says

    Can this happen at 14 months? My little one used to sleep wonderfully through the night about 12-14 hours. He is now waking up 2-3 times a night. A lot of the time we just give him a bottle and he falls back asleep.
    Is this making him wake up more?
    He eats 3 meals, snacks and we feed him a snack before bed. He already has 4 molars.

    Anything we can do?

    • Janelle Reid says

      HI @Jaime Sidler, thanks for writing to us. Sleep regressions can certainly happen a little off, but also babies can just get into funks for various reasons like teething (which is sounds like you’re already an expert on), sickness, schedules, etc. At this age we would suggest to try to wean him off bottles so that doesn’t become a habit he learns to depend on to fall asleep and making sure he gets all of his nutrition during the day (water at night is always different in my opinion as I like drinking water in the middle of the night myself). Here is a link to a free guide with tips to help your baby sleep through the night you may want to check out: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting- services/
      If you need more help, let us know! You can email us at [email protected] and we can help more from there. Hang in there!