21 month old refuses to sleep in crib - help!

Nora - posted on 03/15/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )

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My 21 month old boy, out of the blue, started screaming hysterically for me when I put him in his crib for nap and bedtime. It is taking me 30 - 45 minutes to rub his back and calm him to go to sleep and even after asleep, he wakes 45 mins. into nap and cries and last night, he woke up at 1:30 am and cried for 35 mins. I finally went in and calmed him down but after 45 minutes of soothing him, I tried to walk out and he started crying again. It is terrible. I have done extinction and he has cried many a times but this seems different for some reason. Also, this is the longest he has ever cried to go to sleep. He is usually a great night sleeper and napper. I am confused because it came out of nowhere. If I take him out of crib, I will sleep in the guest room with him not my bed. I even hate doing that but he gets soooo upset, he is hyperventalating. Can anyone help with some advice?

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