Anybody else's LO with major sleep issues?

Maja - posted on 01/13/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I posted last week that we struggle with a picky eater. But that is nothing in comparison to how much we struggle with sleep. Zoe has never been a "good" sleeper. We did gradual sleep training at 6 months and there was no crying really. She whined for about 10 minutes total the first night and was then suddenly sleeping 10+ with no issues. This only lasted until she was about 8 months and started teething. Since then we'd go through phases: a week or two of good sleeping and then 3 or 4 weeks of constant wakings. The last couple months it has gotten worse. She was sick in between as well so naturally sleeping didn't work so great. But last night for example none of slept AT ALL. She would catnap for 15-20 minutes and would be up again. I honestly don't know what is up anymore. I've tried different things with schedule, temperature, food you name it. I know that some kids just don't sleep as "well" as others but this can't be right. Anybody else out there? Our pedi just says to let her scream as long as it takes, but she.does.not.stop.crying... I feel defeated. Please tell me somebody else knows what I'm talking about...

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Katherine - posted on 01/16/2014

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I am so so sorry!!! Nobody ever seems to tell you that sleep issues don't end in infancy. I thought once our son started sleeping through the night, he would just keep on doing it - what a shock we had! I know how stressful it must be for you; everything is sooooo much harder when you're exhausted. I wish I had a quick fix for you. I really hope she gets on a better schedule soon.

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Maja - posted on 01/15/2014

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Thanks Katherine! My daughter will be 2 on the 21st of this month. I really thought there would be a better sleeping pattern developed by now. I do know that at about 2 years of age toddlers go through one more sleep regression phase. But I don't even know if I can call it that as she's never slept well for any consistent period of time.
She slept ok two nights ago (woke up only once and was able to fall back asleep within 5 minutes). Last night, went to sleep at 8.30 with no issues. Then woke up at midnight and was up every hour since then until 5 am. She does this a lot then wants to sleep 6-10 am and it's very difficult to even wake her up. I can't pin-point this to anything to figure out how to "correct" this. Thanks for listening! It helps to know one is not alone. :)

Katherine - posted on 01/14/2014

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How old is she now? My son has been a pretty good sleeper so far but I know we went through the same thing (though not quite as severe) from around 9-13 months. It seemed like as soon as we hit a schedule that worked and we were all sleeping well, he would just suddenly start waking up at least 2-3 times a night for a week or two at a time. Then, just as I was ready to cry from lack of sleep, he would suddenly be fine for a week or two, then we'd start all over again. Again, his wasn't as severe as what you're describing and he was still sleeping for a few hours at a time but it was a very similar pattern. Nothing had changed in his schedule or the household, he would just suddenly stop sleeping well. I really believe it's normal at this age. Between teething, illnesses, separation anxiety, and new skills, I think they just don't sleep well. We finally gave in and started camping out on the floor next to his crib which helped A LOT! It did turn into a bad habit but it didn't take us long to break him of it once he was sleeping well through the night again. I could never do cry it out either - after 20 minutes, he was hyperventilating and screaming and I just couldn't take it anymore. At around 14 months, he seemed to settle down again and he's been sleeping solidly for 11-12 hours each night - which is a huge relief!! Hope this helps some. At least you know you're not alone. Good luck! It is so frustrating to be getting regular sleep for awhile and then suddenly have a sleep issue come from nowhere.

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