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18/04/2013 at 07:37
P is almost 14 months and has been a super sleeper since she was 9 weeks. She does 13/14 hours a night and self settles easily etc. We've had a handful of wake ups due to teeth or sickness etc but overall she's be easy in this respect.
Over the last few weeks her sleep has become very disrupted on and off. It sort of coincides with her dropping to one nap but there is no way she'll have another. We've also pushed her bedtime back to 6.30/7pm instead of 6pm. She is utterly exhausted by then. She's still going down fine but by 8.30/9pm she's started waking. She wakes up screaming and shaking, she'll then settle instantly and usually without even having to be picked up. She's usually sitting up by the time i go in so i just lie her down and off she goes again. Occasionally she'll need picking up to settlle but this takes about 5 seconds once you've picked her up. Sometimes this happens once of twice in the evening, sometimes it'll be about 20-30 (like last night). It seems to be mostly 9-11ish, once we are in bed it's only been once or twice.
I've watched her by peaking round her door and she seems so unsettled. She jerks and moves around loads as she's dropping off and even when she's asleep. She gets tangled in her sleeping bag when she moves around and sometimes this makes her bang into her cot bars and wakes her up. Last night i took her bag off about 10.30pm and she didn't wake again until about 3am, when i think she was cold.
I have the following theories;
-she hates the sleeping bag
-she's having nightmares or similar
-she is having some separation anxiety - often when you go in to resettle her she cries when you leave the room again and so i sit with her until she's started to drift off.
-she's developing hugely at the moment, so close to walking and her language is coming on loads. Could be related?
Thoughts/comments/opinions/experiences welcome!! When she has a disrupted night it makes her so grumpy in the day as she has always needed a lot of sleep. We've always been strict with night wakenings, she's never been left to cry but she doesn't leave her room once she's gone to bed (except when she needed a bath after projectile vomit!) and is only offered water.
18/04/2013 at 08:02
O is obviously a similar age, and we had similar for a little while....his coincided with learning to walk and his molars coming through...thankfully now he is walking everywhere and his teeth are completely through he is sleeping again (and for even longer than before!!) we do get the occasional night terror still but it is few and far between.
Hope P is back to sleeping soon....think it is just one of those things as we persevered with the sleeping bags (despite initial concerns was this) and he is fine now x
18/04/2013 at 08:49
Thanks coco. I did wonder if her teeth were involved too actually. She's not got all her front ones but i've just been reading that first molars can come before incisors so we'll see what pops up!!
18/04/2013 at 09:34
Teeth can cause problems with them moving under the gums before they poke through. My boy would go through phases of bad sleep because of this.
Keep with the sleeping bags if she likes them. At around a year, my boy hated his and used to take it off and throw it out the cot, so he had a duvet from then onwards, which he LOVES!
In terms of bad sleep, I'd say never rush to make any big changes to routine or actual sleeping etc as you may prolong or create a new problem when actually it was a phase.
18/04/2013 at 09:45
Bless her, hope it settles soon! R went through a period of this. Would go down about 6.15 and every evening at 7.30 would wake and cry for about 2 mintues and then go back to sleep. I'd say it was a mix of things and probably not just one thing. I have been quite strict like you with bedtime and when he went through this stage I would just go in give him his comforter and he would self settle back to sleep. I have been lucky in the sense he has always settled, with a comforter, was his muslins now hes moved on to his two teddies! Hope it passes. PJ xxx
18/04/2013 at 11:27
Thanks ladies. It's so hard to know what to do for them when it's probably several things all contributing. Will just have to ride it out i guess but it's nice to know it's quite common at this age.
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