Why has my 14mo become so stroppy and difficult to sleep?

Janine - posted on 06/14/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




Has anyone got experience of a 14mo who was previously a very happy contented baby and now has become a little monster?

For the past 6 weeks his sleep has deteriorated and so has his mood. He used to wake briefly at night to nurse but went straight back to sleep, now he can take over an hour to get back to sleep (either by himself or with me cuddling him). He is reluctant to take naps, even when tired and will either take ages to go to sleep or drop off straight away out of sheer exhaustion.

I suspect it's his disrupted sleep that is making him a very demanding boy at the moment but his mood is wearing me down. The constant pointing at what he wants and whining is one thing, but whining without me knowing what he wants is difficult for me to remedy.

Is this just one of the many phases of infancy?

Could he be frustrated because he knows what he wants but cannot communicate it to me?

What about the disrupted sleep?

Any ideas?

Thanks from a worn out Mummy


Michelle - posted on 06/14/2012




Unfortunately it is normal. He's at the age where he knows what he wants but can't always communicate it. They do call it the terrible 2's and sometimes they start early. My 3rd one has been like this since she was 18 months.

Once they start talking better and learn how to tell you instead of pointing and grunting it gets better. They are also trying to find out where they belong in the family unit so will "push your buttons" to see how far they can go.

As for the sleep he might be transitioning to not having naps during the day. My little one can go some day without but then the next day nap for over 2 hours. She usually sleeps for 10-11 hours straight at night though.


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Janine - posted on 06/15/2012




Thanks Michelle, it sounds like it's going to get worse before it gets better! We had a better night last night although so far his mood hasn't improved. Once he's caught up on sleep I'm going to see what his schedule looks like, he was having a 25h day at one point to accommodate two naps, so perhaps it is time to try and move to one nap. Everyone talks about dropping the morning nap but for us the afternoon nap is the one we struggle with most.

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