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.