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03/04/2014 at 19:55
Firstly, apologies as this may be a bit rambly and go off on tangents - I'm very sleep deprived! E is 21 months in a couple of weeks - is there a sleep regression at this age? Or a developmental spurt as her sleep has gone totally to pot! She's gone from quite happily going off the sleep on her own (with me or H in the room) to last night practically wanting me to lie next to her in bed. And she will ONLY let me take her to bed, day or night. She's also started waking in the night and taking ages to get back to sleep. She doesn't seem upset or distressed, just unable to settle. She is cutting her canines and also has a cold so it could be this? Or the clocks changing? Its definitely lighter in her room at bedtime.
Also, she's a massive wriggly fidget bum! She moves all around the bed in every direction and keeps banging her arms, legs and head. I had a bed guard up bit she kept bashing into and and when I was getting her to sleep it seemed to irritate her so I took it off. And now she keeps falling out of bed! Its only a toddler bed so is just off the floor and we've got a duvet down for a soft landing but it obviously wakes her. It's a bit of a catch 22 - she's either banging the bedguard and waking herself or falling out of bed and waking herself so I figured she's got to get used to a bed without a side/guard up at some point so might as well be now. Have I done the right thing? My other idea is to try and get her sleeping with her pillow so that she's used to her head being on the pillow at the top of the bed and therefore she won't move around as much (and hopefully not fall out!) She still has an aversion to her duvet bit that's another story!
Has anyone else experienced this that could offer some advice? I reeeeaaallly need sleep!
03/04/2014 at 20:29
I have absolutely zero advice but just wanted to offer a hug because that sounds tough. And whoever arranged for clocks going forward to coincide with mother's day needs to be strung up!
03/04/2014 at 20:46
Same as popcorn, I can't help I'm afraid but wanted to send a hug. Hopefully it is a short phase and you are already trying to tackle it. I would guess that both the cold and teeth will be making a big difference so fx you can ease her out of the clinginess and the unsettledness in the night will also change when they pass. You could try a blackout blind I guess which could make a difference - it's a gamble though as to whether it will of course! Hope you get a better night x
03/04/2014 at 20:57
Thanks both, I really do hope its short lived as I'm shattered! Its been going on for about a week now and with A waking too I am not getting much sleep! Lamby, I've got horizontal blinds, a black out roller blind and blackout curtains and this light still comes through. She used to have a group anywhere blind but Ive has to put it a's room as she gets the sun most of the day plus E only has one nap as opposed to A's 3!
P, I think Fathers day should be docked an hour to make it fair! Mine was rubbish anyways as H went fishing so I was on my own with the girls all day, pretty much like any other day really!
03/04/2014 at 22:58
I feel your pain MamaD, my daughter is 26 months & going through something similar. It's so wearing when all they want to do is sleep on you. My daughter isn't a fan of her duvet or a blanket either so I tend to cover her over once she's asleep. I hadn't considered that it might be my daughters molars coming through.
Really hope it's a phase that ends quickly for you x
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