Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How

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  1. Abi says

    Hi my 18 month old boy has never been a good sleeper at night but the last few months has been really bad
    The only way I can get him to settle though night is if he’s in the same bed has me
    Iv tryed just leaving him to cry that dint work
    Iv tryed singing to him reading to him feeding and changing him just seems like nothing is working
    Iv been trying everything I can since it started and still not improved

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Abi – Thanks for writing to us! I’m sorry that sleep has always been so tough with your 18 month old! Toddler sleep can be so tricky! Since you’ve already been trying everything you can, and to no avail, I’d really recommend getting some one on one help from one of our expert sleep consultants. She can work with you to create a Plan that you can feel good about and commit to! You can read about all of our sleep consultation packages and purchase directly online here: Hang in there Abi! We’re here for you and here to help!

  2. CostumeLooks says

    Many toddlers go through sleep regressions at different points during their growth and development. If your 18-month-old suddenly has trouble falling asleep, starts resisting naps or sleep, or has frequent nighttime awakenings, he or she may be experiencing a sleep regression.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      So true @Costumelooks!

  3. Megan says

    My son is currently going through the 18-month regression, and it’s so not fun! Our normal bedtime routine has been consistent and it includes me nursing him to sleep. Right now he seems to be indifferent to nursing since nothing will really soothe him to sleep (he fights it, wants to play, etc) Is this a good time to try and wean him? Or should I wait until the sleep regression is over?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Megan,
      Thank you for checking out The Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble with the regression – this is the toughest one, I think! Generally, we do not recommend weaning during a regression since everything’s already hard enough, but if your son is self-weaning during this time, you can certainly take his lead if you want to. There’s no harm in trying, it’s just up to your family whether the possible upset is worth it to you at this time 🙂 I hope that helps, and good luck with everything!

  4. Amanda says

    Hi there, we are currently on week 4 of the 18th month sleep regression…I think? It’s been the worst one by far! My son is/was a good sleeper, going to bed around 7:30pm and waking around 6:30/7:00am. He caught on quickly when we did sleep training and has been great at naps too. But the dreaded 18 month sleep regression hit and he’s been waking up once at night but luckily will go back to sleep on his own after I cuddle him for a few minutes. To top if off we are also on day three of no naps! Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Help!

    • Neosha says

      @Amanda – Thank you for reading and for sharing! Yes, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! This regression is SERIOUSLY HARD but not developing any “new” habits will go a long way to him getting back on track once it passes. It’s tough and stressful, we know, but hang in there!

    • Tired Dad says

      Only once a night? Count yourself lucky. I don;t think my 18 month has EVER slept fully through the night. it seems like a constant regression since day one. I am thankful if she only wakes up 2-3 times a night. I don’t even know what to do anymore.

      • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

        Hey @Tired Dad – Thanks for your comment, and so sorry to hear that your little one is still waking so often at 18 months old! We know how tough this can be! It sounds like you’ve been struggling with this and working on this for a while now, and just about at the end of your rope! We can help! You can read about all of our sleep consultation packages and purchase directly online here:

        If you want to hear from some of the many families we’ve helped, in their own words, you can read our parent stories here:

        Hang in there Tired Dad!!

  5. Jess says

    Hello, I am having so much trouble with our 17month old. He used to be a pretty good sleeper where he’d sleep 7.30pm – 7.30pm rarely waking. I have a newborn and since before he was born my eldest has been waking up in the middle of the night wide awake and staying awake for a long period of time (one night it was 4hrs). Now he fights and screams going to bed. He screams so much that we have to pick him up and take him out of his room as he just won’t settle. The only thing we have found hat actually settles him is to watch tv. This obviously isn’t ideal but with a newborn we are at wits end. We have tried to move his nap from 11am to a later time of 12pm but finding it is not making an impact. We are also struggling with tantrums and changes in his eating (he used to eat anything I gave him). How long do regressions usually last? Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Jess, thank you for writing to us. I’m so sorry to hear you’re struggling with your toddler’s sleep. That is a big challenge with a newborn, and so I understand the feeling of needing to be in survival mode and just do whatever works. This is a challenging age without throwing in the dynamic of becoming a big brother! Here is a link to a free guide with tips on toddler sleep:
      I do think that you would benefit from working with one of our sleep consultants on this if things don’t resolve on their own soon. Usually regressions last a couple of weeks, tops, but you do have to be careful to not start any bad habits that he will start to demand to continue. If things don’t pass quickly or you’re just at your wits end, let us know! Here is a link to view our different options to working with one of our sleep consultants: services/
      Hang in there!

  6. Robyn Gregory says

    My daughter is 16 month ild and for the last month she will not sleep through the night she has never slept a full night on her own since been born. Unless she is with me she currently shares a bedroom with her sister who is 3 in july i have tried every trick in the book to try and get her to sleep through the night i am totally confused on what to do next , even during the day if i walk out of the room she screams its becoming a big problem for the family as my other 2 children are getting ignored please any advice would be great to help me get her into a good bedtime routine. I have tried to put her in her own room to fall asleep left her to cry sat next to the bed everything and nothing work

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Robyn Gregory, I’m so sorry to hear you’re struggling so much with your daughter’s sleep. We would love to help. Since it sounds like you’ve tried everything you know to do, and I’m sure you’ve had success with your other two children, I would highly suggest working with one of our sleep consultants. They can look at the full picture of what’s going on and offer advise to help your family get through this so everyone is sleeping better again, and so your days are less stressful. To read about our one-on-one consultation options you can do so here: services/
      You of course are also welcome to email us directly at [email protected] if you have any more questions about how our consultation works or what other resources we have available. Hang in there!

  7. Alisha says

    My 17 month old normally does great at bedtime. The past week has been awful when trying to put her down. Her bedtime routine has not changed at all. Now when we put her down she lays down for about 10 minutes like she’s going to go to sleep but then pops back up. She stands and screams and cries. We have tried to let her cry it out but after about 30 mins she starts getting really upset so we have to go in. We read her a book and put her down again and she will cry again for about 10 minutes then falls asleep. I’m not sure why this has started to Happen. Bedtime now takes over an hour… please help a tired mama out.

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Alisha, thanks for writing to us. I’m sorry you’ve suddenly been struggling with her bedtime! Hopefully it is just the 18 month regression and that this will pass in the next few weeks. Has she transitioned to one nap yet? This can be a tricky transition for a lot of babies and may also be having an impact on her night time sleep. If the problem persists and don’t go back to normal soon, let us know. If that’s the case I do think you’d benefit speaking with a sleep consultant who can look at her full schedule and sleep history and can make specific suggestions from there. If it comes to that (and hopefully it doesn’t) here’s the link to read more about our different options:
      Hang in there!