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#1 Cole29*

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 02:05 PM

Hi all,

So as the title suggests, we are having sleep issues in our household with DS who is 18 months old. He has always been a good sleeper, self-settled pretty much from day dot, slept well both day and night etc etc.

Over the 18 months we have had maybe 2 patches where sleep wasn't great, 1 being when he first learnt to stand up in his cot and the other being after he was unwell. These periods didn't last long though and we knew exactly what caused them.

For the last 2-3 weeks Ben has been having issues at bedtime. Previously we have done our own version of controlled settling and this has worked quickly and effectively but this time he was having none of it so we decided to re-think our approach. Initially he required cuddling/rocking to sleep which is not something he has ever required before. Now he sometimes requires this and sometimes is happy for one of us to just be in his room near the cot before he will fall asleep. Sometimes he will fall asleep within 15 minutes, other times it takes closer to an hour.

Just when I was getting used to this he has now started waking overnight as well. Prior to now I could count on one hand the number of times he was woken overnight since about 3-4 months of age. When he wakes it takes a LONG time to re-settle him, last night he was awake for almost 3 hours. This is damn tiring considering we both work full time and I get up for work at 5.30 which is not fun on little sleep! It also makes for a grumpy little boy the following day as he clearly has not had enough sleep.

I am not really looking for a way to fix the problem (though that would be awesome laugh.gif ) as I realise it may well just be a phase and we have to ride it out. I guess I am just wondering if 18 month sleep regression is common.

Oh I should add that up until this all started he was still having 2 day sleeps. We have now started dropping the morning sleep in the hope that this will help with bedtime, though certainly not expecting it to fix the problem all together.

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 01:28 PM

I not sure if i can help here but just thought i would say hope it stops soon and you can get your rest back

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 05:01 PM

We didn't have a sleep regression at 18 months so not sure if it is common or not.

Just wanted to say though that I definitely think dropping to 1 day sleep is a good idea. He could just be getting too much sleep during the day.

Usually when my kids start playing up at bedtime and/or waking early in the mornings it is a sign to cut back on day sleep.

I think both of mine were doing a 2 hour day sleep from around 1-3pm and going to bed at 7pm. Just to give you a reference point.
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 05:45 PM

Our daughter had sleep regression at this same age. She needed less sleep during the day and more activity and she passed through the phase. We were pulling our hair out I remember because it was similar - great sleeper and it was a shock to our system.
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 08:58 PM

I definitely think one day sleep will help.

My 18 month old is a great little sleeper but recently she has had some very broken night sleeps and they have all coincided with swollen back gums and her molars starting to cut through.

Hope you can get some good rest in soon xo

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 11:56 AM

LOL, I was just looking through and noticed this thread which I started in September laugh.gif . Happy to say it was just a phase and he is back to good sleeping most of the time.

On the topic of 1 or 2 day sleeps though he does still have 2 day sleeps on weekends most of the time and he is now 21 months old. Weekdays it is only the 1 sleep though. This just seems to be what he requires.

Now if only he wasn't such an early riser rolleyes.gif
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