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  1. Help! My 20 month old daughter was a terrible sleeper until around the age of 1 since then she has sleep more or less all night every night going to bed at 7pm and sleeping until between 6am and 7am. The last week or so she has been going down at 7 straight to sleep not a problem, then between 11.30pm and 12am she wakes up screaming and wont settle for anything at all until around 3.30am then is up again around 7am. I am out of ideas to try and help her, she is waking my 2 other kids and they are exhausted for school. I broke my own rules and even tried picking her up for cuddles even this doesnt work. Her dad is going to work (15 hour shifts where high concentration is needed) and he is only getting around 3 hours of sleep a night which can be dangerous in his line of work. Any suggestions on what else i can do to try and help this phase pass? My other 2 kids now 10 year and 9 years never had this phase at all! She has around a 1.5 hour nap at lunch time not problem at all.

    • Hi @Morgaine- Than you for writing to us! I am sorry to hear that sleep has been so rough for your family! You are NOT alone!! Those long night wakings can be brutal, especially since you are all losing sleep at night. If this was a sudden change, you may want to check with her doctor to be sure that there is nothing going on with her physically. If the pediatrician gives her a clean bill of health, you may want to consider working with one of our sleep consultants, so that she can take a view at everything sleep related, review your full sleep history and create a plan to get your daughter back on track and on a good schedule. If interested, you can read about all of our sleep consultation packages here:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services
      And hang in there Morgaine and family!!

  2. My 19 month old is currently going through this, the past few weeks it has just been him waking up at 4.30am and not going back to sleep, it’s been really hard. But now he’s started to cry uncontrollably when we put him to bed. He used to be soon good and go to bed well. We initially did cry it out when we were sleep training when he was little but unsure if to do this again? So the past two nights we’ve just sat in his room next to his cot. Not talking or making a sound and have had to be in there for nearly an hour before it’s safe to leave. Were absolutely shattered and don’t know what to do??

    • Hi @Emma – Thanks for writing, and I am so sorry to hear about your current sleep issues! We know how tough this can be and you are not alone! Hang in there!! Developmental milestones, which are so prevalent at this age, do have a tendency to temporarily disrupt even great sleepers! It sounds like things are getting tougher, not easier, so it may be time to take more action. Here is a link that may help with offering him sleep at good times for him:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/toddler-schedule/
      If things do not smooth out soon, or if you have a tough time with sitting in his room as you await him falling asleep, we can definitely help! I do believe you could benefit from one of our Personalized Sleep Consultation packages, where we will work with you on a detailed plan- one that you can commit to and feel good about. You can read about all of our sleep consultation packages and purchase directly online here:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/services/
      Hang in there Emma! And please contact us if you have any further questions!

  3. Hi my son is 19 months. About 3 months ago his sleeping has been terrible at night. He used to sleep right through 630pm-7am. He started waking occasionally and not settling and now it’s calving season on the farm so both my partner and I are working longer hours but we can take him with us most of the time. He will wake during the night and scream. He won’t settle without either one of us staying in his room until he goes to sleep or having to sleep in bed with us. He’s never co slept before. And now he’s dropped his second nap during the day. Now we are having real trouble putting him down for both his day time naps and even night time bed time. Sometimes he even screams and won’t settle for up to two hours at night. This has become an every day/night thing for him. We are so tired we have absolutely no idea what to do. Please any suggestions are needed

    • @Rose Mccormick – Thank you for writing to us. I am so sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with your son’s nights and naps recently. This is a TOUGH age (I have an 18 month old myself, so I understand the struggle well). Since toddler’s can be so different than helping babies sleep, we have a free guide available for sleep help for toddlers that you can download here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddler-sleep-tips
      This may be a good place to start to see if there is anything you can implement right away to help him get back on track. The other thing I will mention is if you need more help, especially during a busy season of work for you and your partner, you may be interested in working with one of our sleep consultants that can walk you through how to handle these wake ups to ensure he gets the rest his little body needs. You can read about our packages here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/
      I hope this helps as a good next step for you, please let us know if you have any other questions, and hang in there!

  4. It is important to remember that your baby is not trying to give you a hard time, they are having a hard time. Please practice compassion for your baby, its such a short time in the scheme of things. These early years set the foundation for what kind of attachments they will form and helps form a solid foundation for their lifelong mental health. Don’t leave your babies to cry, look at how the natural world does it. Follow your instincts.

    • Hi @Mamma B – yes, it is such a short time in the grand scheme of things – babies grow up far too quickly!

  5. My LO has been an incredible sleeper and was sleep trained at 6months, being laid down awake, putting herself to sleep and sleeping through the night 12+ hours. I decided to transition her out of a crib and into a big girl bed so that when the next one arrives in July I wouldn’t have two cribs. A lot of the articles recommended that you start roughly 8weeks before the new baby arrives so that there is time to adjust to the new sleep situation. On the other hand they also recommended that parents wait until 3years old to transition so that the child can understand more of what’s going on.

    Before reading some of these articles I had already made the decision to start. First night was great. Second night, she cried the moment I laid her down and ended up getting sick before I even left the room. I have had to rock her to sleep the last four night. It make me nervous that I might be starting bad habits (like rocking her to sleep) while transitioning out of the crib. I am torn whether I should continue or maybe wait until this sleep regression is over…I have also heard that some kids will regress once the new baby arrives…,

    • Hi @Nora, thanks for writing to us. I’m sorry the transition to the big girl bed hasn’t been as smooth as you’d hoped! Toddler hood can be so challenging in regards to many areas including sleep. We have a free guide available to download for toddler’s sleep that may provide some tips that will help: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddler-sleep-tips
      If the guide doesn’t help and things don’t pass with time and you need more help, let us know. We have a team of sleep consultants ready to help you get the support that you need – especially as such a big time in your life as this! If you ever need any more information on any of our other resources we offer, please email us directly at [email protected]
      I hope this helps!

  6. I have an 18 month old. Used to speak through the night 11-12 hrs. Now no way. He wont even go by his crib. He will sleep on the floor but not in his crib. When he goes into a dead sleep. I move him to his crib. He also tosses and turns even trying to fall asleep on the floor for al.ost an hour. Going crazy. How do I make him go to sleep in his crib.

    • @Crystal – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village and for sharing with us. We know how frustrating this sudden change in behavior can be! 18 months is a tough age since most toddlers go through quite the developmental leap during this time making sleep tough and this regression one of the hardest, for sure. Here are a few tips for getting your little guy back into his crib – https://www.babysleepsite.com/how-we-sleep/baby-wont-sleep-crib/ Here’s to hoping this passes soon for you! Hang in there, Crystal!

  7. i have an 18 month old little boy, hes always been so good at sleeping at night- he has been so good with his routine of bath, Bottle and then bed. but now at 18 month is so restless he takes his sleep bag off himself and just doesn’t settle- I did wonder if we weren’t giving him enough milk before bed but when offering more milk he just refuses it. is there anything we can do??

    • Hi @Michelle, thanks for writing! It is hopefully just a phase that will pass with a bit of time. You may find our free guide on toddler sleep has some additional helpful tips to help you manage through these transitions. You can sign up to download here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddler-sleep-tips
      I hope this helps!

  8. My 19 month old has started this lovely phase of waking after 2 to 3 hours of sleep and refusing to go back to bed for 4 or 5 hours at night. She’s never truly slept through the night, waking at least once, and sleep training has never worked. She refuses to sleep without a bottle of water (I do not put it in the crib with her) and me rocking her to sleep. Now she fights even that but just putting her in her crib while she’s awake / semi sleep is a no go. That just results in non stop screaming and crying until I go in there and pick her up. Between her and my husband getting upset that she’s screaming, that doesn’t last more than half an hour, so I’ve stopped attempting that all together. We have a set bed time routine. I try to make sure she’s ready for bed before beginning the process, which seems to be around 10 pm. I flat don’t know what else to do and am at my wits end. Any suggestions are appreciated.

    • Hi @Felicia –
      Thank you for writing us, and I am so sorry to hear about your sleep struggles with your toddler! As you have read, this age, and the 18 month sleep regression can really be one of the hardest! It sounds like your daughter may need some help learning to fall asleep on her own and back to sleep when she wakes, and some help getting on a good schedule. This can be tough to go alone, especially if you already feel like you are at your wits end! We woudl love to help, and I do believe you could benefit from one of our Personalized Sleep Consultation packages, where we will work with you on a detailed plan you can commit to and feel good about. All of our email consultation packages for new clients include a Personalized Sleep Plan, which is a detailed guide written just for your family given your specific history, which you will share with your sleep consultant.
      Please check out our sleep consultation packages here:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services
      Hang in there Felicia, and please contact us if you have any questions! : )

      • My daughter is exactly the same what did you do? She goes down at 7 wakes at 11, then aroundn1/2ish she’s up for up to 3 hour then wakes at 6 to get up. She has 2 hour nap in days not an issue

      • Hi @Jessica, I’m sorry you’ve been struggling with your daughter’s sleep. If this has been going on for a little while, hopefully it will pass soon as she gets through this developmental milestone. If it continues, here is a link to a free guide with tips on toddler sleep that may help: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddler-sleep-tips
        You may also be interested in working with one of our sleep consultants through one of our Personalized Sleep Plans which you can read more about here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/
        They will clearly lay out a step by step plan for you so you know how to move forward when you have these nightly wake ups if you are not sure how to handle them.
        Hang in there!

    • Sounds like 10pm is 2-3 hours too late for a bedtime. Especially for this age.

  9. I have an 18 month old who has silent reflux and has ranitidine for it. because of this we are unable to allow her to cry it out like my ither daiughter as when she cries or laughs a little too much she is sick and aggravates it. because ifbtgis her sleep aptter has always been a little off but not to bad she will still wake for one feed and will stir and with a cuddle will straight back to sleep. until now! she can be fast asleep bit as soon as I go to place her in her cot bed that is it I have a fight on my hands flipping herself going like a star fish turning over sitting up refusing to lay. I am now at a loss! what do you do with a child who has reflux and cannot cry it out won’t settle in bed and won’t settle on myself or my husband???

    • @Natalie Mollaney, I am sorry you have been struggling with your daughter’s sleep + silent reflux. Because your situation is a little more unique, I think you would benefit from working with one of our sleep consultants where they can give you step by step help through this. To figure out what package would be the best fit for you, please contact us directly and we can help you further: https://www.babysleepsite.com/contact
      Hang in there!

  10. Hello lovelies momma’s

    I am in the midst of a killer sleep regression and separation anxiety. My little boy is 20 months old and he stopped sleeping the night through a Few weeks back. To start he was so utterly distressed to go to bed we were having to cuddle him to sleep. We have now worked to the fade away technique, some naps/nights I can be out on the hallway, some nights he needs me sat by the cot.

    But it’s just not getting any better in the night. It’s getting worse in fact. As soon as he stirs he is crying for us. Some nights I am in his room so much after 3/4 hours of trying to resettle I am giving up and having him in bed with us as I am exhausted. I know this is not ideal but I am so tired I just can’t do anymore after that point.

    I have started to have to work evenings recently you see, so I miss at least 3 bedtimes a week. It’s always his daddy that’s there instead, who he has a great relationship with. But I just start to make headway with him settling and as soon as I am away for a bed time we go back to square one.

    I know there is not much anyone can say to help. But it’s just nice to know it’s not just us and other families are having the same issues.

    • @Sally Awww! I’m so sorry to hear how difficult this regression is on your little guy. Thank you for sharing your experience, so others know they, too, aren’t alone just as you aren’t. Hang in there and if you ever need anything, please feel free to contact us!