Martha - posted on 08/20/2015 ( 7 moms have responded )
My son never had any sleep problems until he turned 1. Now all hell has broken loose when I try to lay him down for naps and bedtime. He used to love rocking with me but now he's associated rocking with going to bed and cries and squirms off the rocker, so that's cut out of our routine. He freaks out when I start singing his lullaby. He starts screaming when we get to his crib, spits out his pacifier and thrashes around, stands up and reaches to me, wanting to be picked up. It breaks my heart when I leave the room with his screaming in misery and I don't know what to do. It takes almost 10 minutes of hysterics before he gives up and goes to sleep.
He's also started waking up in the middle of the night and cry but that isn't that bad, as I don't get up immediately so he settles down after a couple minutes.
I used to let him cry for 5 minutes then go in and comfort him, but now that just winds him up more and I have to start the process over again. He's been super clingy lately and usually only wants me, his daddy (my husband), or grandpa to hold him. I don't know if it's separation anxiety or just normal toddler behavior.
Please help, I feel like I'm torturing him...