My daughter is 2.5 and has been sleeping alone in her toddler bed for almost year now with few problems. Occasionally she would wake up and we'd go in to put her back down. Now she is absolutely hysterical almost all night, and all nap time. Weirdly enough, she will lay down and go to sleep no problem, usually for about 20 minutes. Then the screaming starts. We will go in and put her back down, give her a sip of water, or whatever normally works. But she'll start back up about 30 seconds later. And I'm not talking a little whimpering, she will straight up shriek for hours at a time. It isn't night terrors (she has had them before) and she will talk to us and agree that if we get her an extra stuffed animal, or blanket, that she will go back to sleep. But 30 seconds later it is a total meltdown again.
I feel like we have tried EVERYTHING - singing her songs, not talking when we go back in to put her down, getting rid of "snakes" and "monsters", but every time we meet one of her needs/desires it does not satisfy her. So I have left her to cry for small chunks of time and she just gets worse and worse until she starts to hyperventilate. She is sleepy, she isn't sick or hurt. I'm not willing to go back to co-sleeping - I will lay down with he for a few minutes, or if she is having a particularly bad night she can come into bed with us, but this has been EVERY single nap time and night for at least a week now. Its getting ubearable.
Any suggestions we might not have tried? Any idea why she is having so many uncontrollable freak-outs, when nothing is wrong? We need to get some sleep up in here.