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  1. Brie R says

    Hello. Frustrated mama over here with a independent strong willed little girl who is just amazing but also has been fighting naps for about 3 months now. No sign of sickness or teeth coming in. She used to be rocked to sleep but that went out the window when i would rock her and go to lay her down and she’d pop right up and cry. And it’s not just a cry it’s a cry whine scream rolled into one very ungodly sound. I’ve been trying to get her energy out before nap time as much as i can. Some days she cries for an hour and passes out other days it seems like she can go on forever and doesn’t get a nap. And sometimes she cries for an hour and sleeps for 30 min which is not a good nap. Her room is dark she has a sound machine she has lavender she is tired for sure but 6 weeks have come and gone and she’s still fighting. Does anyone have mr. sandman’s sand because I’m out of ideas? I’ve tried sitting in her room with her and all she does is fidget and smile and play. Ideas? Thoughts? Solutions?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Brie –
      Thank you for writing to us about your 18 month old! So sorry to hear that naps have been so rough for the last 3 months! I wish we had Mr. Sandman’s sand! If we did, we’d surely pass it along! What we do have is 10+ years of experience helping families just like yours!
      We also offer free 15 minute telephone evaluations with an expert sleep consultant, which might be the perfect place to start! This can really give you good insight regarding when and how to work on sleep, and which package may be the best fit for you. If interested, please schedule your free 15 minute evaluation here:
      And, when you are ready, you can read more about our sleep consultation services, and purchase here:
      Thank you again for writing to us Brie, and hang in there. If you have any additional questions, or if you need any assistance at all, please let us know.

  2. Ann says

    I have 17 month old year and he wakes up 2-3 times a night wanting something to drink. My husband and I take turns sleeping in the room with him to avoid a long walk from our room to his. He sleeps in his own crib just find and we sleep on a couch in his room. The problem is we have to break our sleep to get up and give him something to drink. This is extremely exhausting. I’m thinking my kid shouldn’t be this thirsty. The temperature in the room is between 71-73. I just need some tricks to keep him sleep through the night. I feel like I’m losing my mind due to sleep deprivation.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Ann –
      Thank you for writing to us! Sorry to hear that sleep has been so rough with your little guy waking for a drink so often! Are you able to get a cup that will not spill that you can leave with him with some water in it? Perhaps he will not wake so often for a drink if it is self-serve rather than served by you? Many parents find a safe spill proof sippy cup that their toddler can have next to their bed, or even safely in the crib. Feel free to offer more water and high water content foods during the day to combat thirst through the night too! Good luck Ann!

  3. Matt says


    Our almost 18 month old started last week with croup. We took him out of the crib and he slept with me on the couch so he can breathe. Since then we are not sleeping in the crib, first it was he was good for an hour or 2 and wakes up. Now he falls asleep on me and I go to put him in and he shoots right up and cries. He won’t go to his mom either and it’s been a trying week and a half. Only way he sleeps is if he’s on me. Will this stop?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Matt,
      Thanks for your comment – I’m so sorry to hear your little one was sick! Croup is awful. I hope he’s feeling a lot better now!

      From your comment, it sounds like he may have just developed a sleep association to sleeping with you while he was sick. We have an article on sleep associations here if you need more information:
      You can use any sleep coaching method of your choosing to start weaning the sleep association whenever your family is ready. I hope this helps!

  4. Angela says

    Hello! I have a 17 1/2 month old son that has all together stopped taking his afternoon nap and prolongs bedtime for about 5 weeks now. It all started with an ear infection and constipation problems. He finished his antibiotic and has been taking a probiotic daily. He had a follow-up ped appointment to check if his ear infection had cleared up and it did. Not sure if it was the ear infection that started this sleeping problem or if it was in fact a sleep regression but even though he is now healthy, he is still not napping and prolonging bedtime. I try my hardest daily to put him down for a nap with no success. We have always had a good bedtime routine but now when I’m holding him, he just lays on me looking around. This goes on for at least a half hour before finally falling asleep. He will sleep all night and typically get about 11 hours of sleep. I can tell he is overly tired daily but he just will not nap and prolongs bedtime. Please help! Any and all advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Angela – Thank you for writing to us about your toddler! I’m so sorry to hear that he’s had issues with his sleep and that this followed some health issues too! I’m glad that he’s feeling better and that his infection is all cleared up! It could have been the illness, or the 18 month sleep regression, or a bit of both that started this! Keep hanging in there, keep offering those naps, and don’t give up! Perhaps offering at the right time may help him fall asleep a bit more quickly? Please check out our free sample schedule here, for tips and recommendations:
      If you ever need more help, please let us know Angela! We’re here if you need us!

  5. Kati says

    Hello from an exhausted mom of a 19-month old. Are extended night wakings part of this sleep regression? Our normally great sleeper will frequently wake up in the night and happily stay awake for 2-3 hours. Please tell me that this too shall pass! ?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Kati!
      Thanks for writing, and sorry to hear that your 19 month old is having extended night wakings! These can be SO tough, so hang in there! We do help families with babies or toddlers who are waking for long periods in the night, and we know how exhausting this is! It may pass in time, but it’s not always so easy or quick to pass! Extended night wakings may also be caused by some other scheduling issues too. If this lingers, I’d recommend taking a good look at his overall schedule. This link to our free schedules should help:
      If things don’t improve, and you’d like our help, please contact us for more info, or check out our one on one consulting options here:
      We’d love to help!
      Hang in there Kati!

  6. Amanda says

    Im in a similar situation with my son currently, but with a twist. He literally crys so hard that he pukes the entire bed. When he does this we of course have to go in, bathe him, clean and change the sheets, and start all over again. On a good day it takes us two hours of rocking to get this boy down. Hes usually asleep for half of it and the other half we are just trying to put him down, followed by screaming, and starting from scratch. I just dont know what to do anymore. I dont mjnd letting him cry it out, but now after 5 mins that means puke .Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Amanda –
      Thank you for writing to us and I am SO sorry to hear that your son is getting so upset that he is vomiting! You’re not alone! We do hear this quite often, and we know how tough it is! Since things are so tough with getting him down, and crying leads to vomit, I’d recommend slowing things down and working on sleep a bit more gently, in hopes of reducing or removing the vomit from the equation! We can help with this and I’d recommend working with one of our experts who can create a Plan just for your family!
      You can check out our consultation packages here:
      Please contact us at any time with any questions, and hang in there Amanda!

  7. Anne says

    Do you often/ever find the regression starts earlier than 18 months?

    We are seeing all signs of a regression, but they started right around 16 months. It’s been going on for a few weeks, so we are just trying to ride it out, but I really hope this IS the 18m regression and we aren’t going to have to go through this again in a couple months (or that there isn’t a larger issue going on).

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Anne – Thank you for writing to us! Sorry that your little one is not sleeping well! Yes! The 18 month sleep regression can come early, so hang in there! Hopefully things will smooth out soon, but we’re here if you do need more help at any time!

  8. Nadia says

    Hi. I have a 16 month old daughter. She’s been sleeping through the night but suddenly two weeks ago she started waking up in the middle of the night. Before that time period when she did I would go in her room offer her a pacifier and she would go back to sleep but now she’s totally awake standing up and crying if I put her down. We usually take her in our bed where she ll stay for about 2 hours awake before going back to sleep again. This is really exhausting for all of us.
    Reading this article made me think: ive been waking her up from her naps after 1 hour so that shes tired at bedtime. Is that bad?
    At this point I feel like this will never end and I question my parenting.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Nadia – Thanks for writing to us! Sorry to hear that your 16 month old has started waking in the night and staying awake for so long! We know how tough that is, and you’re not alone! This will in fact end, and please don’t question your parenting! You’re doing a great job – as evidenced by your concerns and desire to make things better! Regarding her naps, and how they might affect night sleep, you might want to check out our free sample schedules to make sure that she’s getting a good amount of sleep at good times for her. Here’s a link:
      Hopefully, some schedule adjustments will help!!
      If you need more help at any time, please contact us for more info! Hang in there Nadia!

  9. Stacie says

    This makes me feel so much better! My daughter is 19 (almost 20) months but I believe she is going through the 18 month sleep regression now. She has always been a fantastic sleeper, sleeping 12-13 hours a night and taking a 1.5-3 hour naps during the day and she has been doing so without waking up for several months. Well that was until Monday night. Since Monday she has been waking much more, crying, throwing fits, and is difficult to put to sleep for naps and bedtime. She even skipped her nap today after my husband tried for 2 hours to get her down. I had no idea what was happening but it sounds exactly like the 18 month regression. Hopefully it doesn’t last long!

    • Danielle says

      Hi Stacie,
      Oh, I’m so glad you found this article and we were able to help reassure you! Based on your description, that definitely sounds like the 18 month sleep regression! You can always doublecheck that she doesn’t have an ear infection or something else going on, but otherwise, it tends to last from 2-4 weeks. If you’re still seeing symptoms at that point, please get back in touch – there may be tweaks to your schedule or sleep routine that a sleep consultant could guide you through to help your daughter sleep better. Hang in there, and good luck!

      • Natalie says

        My little girl is 19 months and i think she is going through the sleep regression (well I hope this is what it is). Yesterday she woke up at 4.45am, monday morning was 3.45am and tonight she has woken up at 11.45pm and refuses to go back to sleep without us in her room. We leave the room and she screams. She is otherwise a good sleeper and goes down on her own and will sleep through from 6.45/7pm – 5.45-6am with a 1.5-2hr nap.
        Once I have checked that she is ok (nappy fine and no temperature) do I leave her and eventually she will get bored and settle?
        Look forward to hearing from you
        Thanks and merry Christmas!

      • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

        Hi @Natalie –
        Thank you for writing and so sorry to hear that your toddler is having such sleep issues! We know how tough this time can be, so hang in there! There are different ways that you can help, and you might want to look into these a little more before taking action when she wakes. Here is a great “cheat sheet” on our blog that should be helpful:
        If you’d like more help to walk you through this, please consider one of our one on one consulting packages or our VIP Members Area! We’d love to help! Feel free to contact us at any time with questions, and happy holidays!!

  10. Stefanhy S says

    Hi ladies,
    My daughter is 18 months and she usually sleeps good through the night. She falls asleep in the living room while I watch tv and I then take her to her room, where she usually stays until the following day.
    It’s been 2-3 weeks that she doesn’t want to sleep in her room. If I try to pick her up from the living room couch, where she Falls asleep, she wakes up and starts crying pointing at the couch. I’m stressing out because this wasn’t a problem before. Even for naps, if I try to take her to her room, she wakes up when I put her down in her crib and starts crying and points at the door, that she wants to go back to the living room. Please help!!

    • Danielle says

      Hi Stefanhy,
      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m sorry that you’re dealing with the 18 month sleep regression and this difficulty helping your daughter sleep in her room. You may want to review our article on sleep associations here:
      I hope that helps, but please let us know if we can be of further help! Good luck!