I have a gifted 14 month old (I'm a pediatric nurse and have discussed with her doctor multiple times, right now, she is beyond all 24 month milestones).
I practice attachment parenting in that she sleeps with me when she chooses (she has a toddler bed and likes to sleep in it), baby led weaning and I was lucky enough to only put in her daycare while I'm in classes a few times a week.
Our issue is with her sleep and I'm not sure of the cause. At 6 months, she was still waking up every 4 hours or so, most nights, to have a bottle. But I pinned it on her extreme (yet, healthy) growth patterns. Currently, I put her down by laying her in her bed and patting her back/being present until she is asleep. (after we have cuddled for a bottle). If she is in my bed, we usually cuddle.
About an hour or so later, she wakes up crying. usually, all it takes is me patting her on the back for her to go back to sleep. This continues every hour or so until I am in bed. If she is in her toddler bed, it keeps going, so i am sure im just patting her on the back in my sleep.
I worry that I have set up this pattern, because when she couldn't get out of the bed herself, I hurried in there at her cries so there wasn't a chance at her getting hurt. However as soon as she was in and out on her own, I have let her be for longer amounts of time to see if she is going to wind up or put her self back to sleep. (never letting her get upset, just not interrupting her until I was really needed)
There is always an excuse for her being up and down, but it is constant. (ie. her nose is stuffy, the change in her schedule, the changes around here...)
I have wondered if this is related to her rapid growth, mentally and physically. So I thought I would see if any of you remember having the same issue. I know she dreams a lot and since the timing is usually in a pattern, I thought it might be cycle related.
Thoughts, advise, questions, all welcome!!