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15th-Jan-2007 01:17 pm
I think D has forgotten how to sleep! He is almost 18 months old and has been fine for so long in getting himself to sleep at night. After his bath and his bedtime routine, we just put him down in his bed and he's asleep without a peep, usually without waking once until he's up for the day.

The last few nights he's been waking up several times during the night and it's taken him longer and longer to actually settle into sleep early in the night. Last night, as soon as we left the room he started crying. We tried controlled crying but after 40 or so minutes (going in at regular intervals) I couldn't bear to hear him cry anymore and I let him hold my hand until he fell asleep.

He had the flu last week but slept mostly fine while he was ill so I'm not sure if it's that. He's been super clingy for the last month or two but it didn't seem to have affected his sleep until the last few nights. It's heartbreaking hearing him scream "MUMMY!!" until I go in.

I'm not sure if I should try controlled crying again. We tried it last night but I caved. I'm worried that now that he's older and understands more, he gets scared when he calls out for us and we don't go to him right away.

Any ideas?
15th-Jan-2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
At sixteen months, the Rosebud has been up to some of that, too. I kind of think she's heading for a "wonder week", a developmental leaping post. It always seems as though her sleep is erratic just before one, which usually means some hardcore sleeping down the road.

Usually, she's quite good with the laying down and falling asleep on her own. She's not a crier, but lately she's been rustling around and throwing things around her crib for up to 45 minutes before she winds down. It's odd.
16th-Jan-2007 01:00 am (UTC)
I'm hoping it's developmental with D as well. He's usually so good but we had another bad night last night. After crying for ages before he finally fell asleep (holding my hand) he awoke again at about 3am and it wasn't until I took him into our bed at around 4.30am that he finally settled back into sleep. I definintely don't want to make this a new habit...
16th-Jan-2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
Dear lord, that sounds nightmarish. That's the one thing I'm grateful for with the Rosebud - she isn't big on the sleeping near us. The few times we've tried it, she's rolled around, talked, patted, pulled, pinched and scratched, but never slept. It's not really of interest to her, so it's never an issue at night.

The flip side is that I miss having little naps with her the way I used to in the afternoon. ;-{
17th-Jan-2007 10:20 am (UTC)
We've never been co-sleepers so it is a little unusual. Last night was better. Fingers crossed for tonight.
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