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How did you handle 18-month regression in previously nightweaned baby?

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Hi there,

My delightful DD (18 months old a week ago) has been--I would say about 80% of the time--reliably going to bed peacefully and sleeping through till morning for about five months now. There have been blips due to colds, etc., but usually they pass quickly.

 

However, for the last month, sleep has been more of a crapshoot. For awhile she was waking 1-2 times a night two or three times a week. I would nurse her (or sometimes just hold her) and she'd go back to sleep, and then we'd have some good nights. I could deal with that.

 

BUT for the last week, it's been hell! Out of nowhere, she's been screaming when we put her down. She sleeps in a crib, and for months, I nurse her, we brush teeth, her dad reads her stories and tucks her in and she's out. But lately she'll be quiet and then start crying. If I go in and nurse her, she calms down--I put her back and she goes to sleep, but then she's been waking up at night 2-3 times SCREAMING. And she won't let my husband comfort her--she cries "mama mama mama!" and "nurse! nurse!" so I've been nursing/rocking her back to sleep. Sometimes she wakes up again a few minutes later and we have to do it all over. The second I pick her up, she melts against me and calms down, but if I even hint at moving, she clings to me and starts crying again. I feel so bad for her.

 

I guess my question is, by automatically going in and nursing her, am I compounding the problem and getting her un-night-weaned, or is this just something to ride out and she'll go back to sleeping through?

 

Also, yes, I considered just having her sleep with me in the guest room (our bed isn't really set up for cosleeping) but after several minutes of lying next to me she was still practically hysterical.

 

I'm sure it's the 18-month regression. Guess I"m just looking for stories on those who have come through it--how long it lasted, how you handled the wakings, if you worried about re-establishing night nursing on a more permanent basis, if those concerns were borne out.

 

Thanks.

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is she teething?
post #3 of 3
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It's a possibility, but she seems totally fine during the day. She did have some molars pop through a couple months ago, and we only realized it in retrospect--at the time we'd thought she'd had a cold. Teething has never seemed to bother her much. We gave her some Tylenol last night because she was touching her jaw, but it didn't seem to make much difference. Definitely could be one explanation though.
 

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