Hi friends! I'm new here. I've always heard this was a great resource for natural parenting. Happy to be here!
My 13 month old daughter has been having a weird sleep thing lately. We co-sleep and breastfeed on demand, through the night as needed. Typically she's wanting to "check in" with me every 2 or 3 hours at night. I'm fine with that.
For the last 4 weeks she has been waking much more often (every 20 - 45 min or so), nursing, or just latching on for a minute and going back to sleep.
The last 2 nights she's basically nursing constantly through the night. If I pry her off of my nipple she starts crying and then tries crawling around like a drunken circus clown. I'm SO TIRED. Holy cow.
Any thoughts? Suggestions? Pep talks? Pats on the back? (Seriously, just hearing some affirming words would help! I can work with the exhaustion if I feel like I'm a good mom, know what I mean? )
I'm thinking it could be teeth. She only has 6 teeth, and I'm pretty sure there are 2 bottom teeth working their way up. Anything I can do for her? Her discomfort is specifically at night.
13 months was a REALLY tough age for us. More intense than any other time. She was learning to walk and it was a tough milestone for sleep setback, clinginess during the day and the first taste of the toddler mindset. She's 17 months now and things have reached a new equilibrium. She's at a new stage (full on toddler) but much more predictable and way less frustrating. Even if you can't pinpoint a specific cause, know that she is at a very difficult age and it will pass like all the others. Try your best to rest when she's napping and see if you can get a little extra support. I hope it passes for you soon.
Thanks so much for your response. Everything you say makes total sense. I really appreciate the feedback.
I'm interested in what you mean by the 'toddler mindset'. I think I know what you mean... Adeline is changing and developing into a new little person. - As a little background though, I got the baby bug despite never having been around any babies or kids. So, ALL of this is totally new for me.