Jennifer - posted on 01/09/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )
My 14mth old daughter has been having a really horrible time sleeping at night, and I need advice from some of you other moms on how to handle this. She wakes up around 1am every night, and throws a tantrum wanting both Hubby and I. She refuses to go back to sleep until around 5am. She climbs back and forth from my arms to his every couple of minutes, and she screams if either of us put her down. She's breastfed, and when I finally get her settled enough to go back to sleep she wants to breastfeed until daylight.
She has been co-sleeping (no debates please, this is my CHOICE) with us part of the night since she was 2 months old. I've always put her against the wall with me sleeping next to her and Hubby on the other side of me, but now she's refusing to go back to sleep unless she is between us and touching both of us, but only after she breastfeeds for hours and cries until she can't hold her head up any longer.
Our pediatrician said it's just a phase and she'll move out of it soon, but it's taking it's toll on all three of us. I feel like I'm going through her colic all over again. I know she's not getting enough sleep being up so much at night and only taking 1 short nap during the day. I can't tell if it's separation anxiety or possible teething since she's been cutting molars like wildfire lately. I've been giving her teething treatments, but it doesn't seem to be working, and I'm just not sure.