DD just turned 23 months old. Up until now she has been a champion sleeper, going down to sleep alone in her room and sleeping 10-11 hours a night routinely, and 1-2 hours for nap. The past couple weeks though, things have changed. First it was night waking, often with panicked screams (nightmares, I am guessing?) Then it was stalling bedtime-- taking over an hour or more to fall asleep (but staying asleep fine). Now she is refusing to sleep in her crib or have anything to do with it. She adamantly screams, "No crib, sleep Mommy Daddy's bed!" over and over. We want to make sure she feels like we respect her emotional needs so she has been sleeping with us, but she is a squirmer and a kicker, so no one is getting much rest.
To top of it all off, I'm due with baby #2 in about two months. I wonder if she senses that change on the horizon and this is related, or if this is just fears/nightmares/ anxiety. Whatever it is, any suggestions from you wonderful mamas on how to help her through this? I'd love if she could go back to sleeping independently (nothing against co-sleeping... we did it for 6 months with her and it was lovely, but she is too much of a 'mover and a shaker' in her sleep for me to rest well.) At the same time, I am willing to put up with some inconveniences for her emotional well being.