Anybody survived an 18month sleep regression??help!

(15 Posts)
BigGreenApple Mon 02-May-16 09:26:51

At least that's what I think it is. He's 19 months and has always been a shitty sleeper, but we were starting to get some better nights, and even a few blocks of sleeping through. Then for about the last two weeks he's gone totally to pot!
Waking through the night really really upset straight away and when we've left him to settle himself he gets hysterical to the point of almost being sick. Generally up for a few hours at 1am.
Only thing that seems to work is one of us taking him in the spare room to cuddle, and even then he's up for a couple of hours wriggling and squawking on and off.
He's happy enough through the day, a bit of a snotty nose, but that's nothing new.
Not napping well in his cot either at the minute.
Any advise pleeeeease?

Jenijena Mon 02-May-16 09:29:20

Yes we did, but it took six months really. Didn't sleep until 12 months, then slept great 12-18 months, then... Hell... Put him into his own bed. Spent a lot of time sleeping on the floor of his room. He usually went to sleep fine, but was awake 2-3 hours once he was awake. Nightmare. Wine and chocolate, wine and chocolate, this too will pass...

BigGreenApple Mon 02-May-16 09:34:24

Six months shock oh dear god.
Yep, he goes to bed fine at 7, no problem. It's through the night when the fun and games start. I think teething is playing a part as well. Did you just ride it out? I feel like we are getting into bad habits taking him out of his room, but it's the only thing that seems to work!

Jenijena Mon 02-May-16 10:36:38

Yup, rode it out. Had done cc when he was about 10 months, but at 18 months they can follow you out of the bedroom. Even now (4 at the end of the month) if he wakes in the middle of the night, he's awake for quite a while.

We tried stay in the room with him, co sleep, ignore, etc etc - none of it seemed to work.

But there's nothing to say your experience will be as bad as ours...

Bananice Mon 02-May-16 11:12:29

We are going through it now - i feel your pain!! 19 month old is generally a v good sleeper at night but for the past three weeks has been waking screaming out of us inconsolably. We are on our knees! Generally resolved by sleeping with her on a bed in her room... The last week she has started to randomly sleep through some nights again, although she has gone back to screaming again the last two nights just to keep us on our toes. Our plan is to ride it out - she is seeming happier during the day and napping well, so hoping she's on her way out of it. This never happened with DS! Hang in there OP cake

InsaneDame Mon 02-May-16 12:36:24

What I thought was the 18 month sleep regression was actually threadworms..... blush

InsaneDame Mon 02-May-16 12:36:46

Sorry, really not helpful!

KP86 Mon 02-May-16 12:43:48

Does he have one or two naps during the day? We found that DS started sleeping through when we dropped the second day nap and just put him down after lunch.

Currently going through a bit of drama (he's just turned 2) as attempting to transition to bed. I will be watching for ideas because like you, once he's awake he's up. Grrrr!

curiousmonkey Mon 02-May-16 12:45:25

Yes, ours turned out to be hand foot and mouth and was all over within 2 weeks. Currently in a 2 year sleep regression /separation anxiety, 2 weeks in and no sign of getting any better! Possibly some back molars coming through as he had a teething nappy today but very happy in the daytime. Won't nap in the cot either though so we've bought him a bed and while we wait for the mattress to be delivered he sleeps with us! Not ideal at all.

ohidoliketobe Mon 02-May-16 12:50:03

We had similar when DS was around 19 months. We'd had a few months of good sleeping then just very unsettled. Went to bed no problem but up 4/ 5 times really crying. He was crying for drinks so we gave him an extra drink of milk in the night. I know some would say we were foolish to do that but he was genuinely hungry and no matter what he'd eaten in the day he seemed to need that extra little top up. Seemed to be the right thing to do as he had a massive growth spurt then weaned off those drink almost immediately. But no respite... shortly after 4 teeth erupted in the space of a fortnight (all 4 canines, ouch) and then a bad bout of croup. He's 22 months now and I think we're through it now. He's doe 11 hours a few times with just a couple of grumbles that have woken me up but nothing where I've needed to go in. It's been tough (especially as I'm 21 weeks pregnant and suffering from hyperemesis, the worst weeks clashed with my worst sickness sad ) but believe me it will end again! Try not to stress too much I'm sure they thrive off it!

BigGreenApple Mon 02-May-16 13:51:36

Thanks for your replies - I appreciate it!
I'm trying to move him towards one nap - today has been successful smile, but some days of he's up early or in and out the car a bit he still has two.
I do worry that he's coming down with something, and that's what's bothering him, so can't bring myself to let him just cry it out. He's still in a cot bed so can't escape yet - might consider removing the sides though and see if that helps? He loves getting in his brothers bed for a snuggle, so maybe it's time.
Fingers crossed he will just grow out of this though.......

Binglesplodge Mon 02-May-16 13:58:31

Urgh. We're there too: we'll get a few nights of normal sleep then a few of waking very upset in the night and needing a lot of help and comfort to get back to sleep. I've already spent the best part of 3 nights sleeping on the nursery floor this week... Hoping it's just a phase but it's so so tiring. I sympathise!

HalfStar Mon 02-May-16 23:51:53

Marking place as we are in it too
confused

BigGreenApple Tue 03-May-16 05:39:59

Sorry you guys are going/have gone through it too, but I'm glad we're not alone! I thought our DS was just broken confused

HalfStar Thu 05-May-16 11:02:23

How's everyone doing? Utter shit here still.

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