I'm having trouble with my 21 month old's sleep and can't seem to find any similar situations! Hoping someone can help...
She slept with us until about 10 months when she was more restless than settled in bed. Then we put her in an Amby hammock (without the mattress pad) - a soft hammock. That has worked for many months. She hasn't really been a cuddler since she was mobile, so bedtime included stories, nursing (which hasn't put her to sleep since 6 months), and then going in her hammock while I sang her songs. Her 4.5 year old brother is in the same room and so I lie with him in his bed while he falls asleep and next to her. She is getting a bit big now and is seeming less settled in her hammock than she used to be.
I had hoped she and her brother would share the double bed in their room, but she simply wont lie in bed. If I lie down and pretend to sleep she crawls around, climbs on me, walks away, screams, etc. If i try to cuddle she says "no, Mama" and pushes away. She hates being patted on the back. Last night we tried various things for two hours (after she had woken 3 times in her hammock) and she finally collapsed on the floor!
I'm baffled. My son nursed to sleep until 3, still loves to cuddle. My daughter stopped nursing 2 months ago (I'm 28 weeks pregnant and I guess it wasn't worth trying when the milk went away). I wonder if the hammock holds her more tightly and if she likes that constriction - almost like she can't stop her limbs from wiggling unless she has that? Any way I could mimic that feeling but in the bed? Or other thoughts?