I have joined this website as I really need to get some advice on my little nocturnal DD!
My DD is 32 months and has always been a good sleeper. She is on a routine of 7 to 7 and since 2 months ago no lunch nap. She is in Nursery 4 days a week and enjoys it, so routine and timings are pretty much part of her every day life and have been for over a year. At the weekends we try to stick to weekday times, but I have to admit have let this slip a little at times.
However in the last 3 months or so she keep waking at 5:30am and wont go back to sleep. We have tried letting her cry it out, Gro Clock (which worked for about 4 days!), being sympathetic, being firm, letting her come into bed with us for a bit. There doesnt seem to be any reason for her crying, she isnt hungry or thirsty sometimes she may tell me shes cold so I put an extra blanket on. She now wants to just hold my hand to go to sleep but as soon as I try to go she wakes up again. She used to have a Binki Bear (dummy) at bedtime only, but I managed to get rid of this when she was sick about 6 weeks ago. The sleep problems started before the removal of bear, and she never asks for him. I always let her take some kind of soft toy to bed, she is not attached to any in particular, even if I push one, she wants another.
My DH and I are starting to run out of ideas and just want our good little sleeper back any ideas are so welcome! xx