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22 months old - long night wakings

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englishbreakfast Sat 26-Jan-13 14:04:36

DD is 22 months and sleep has always been an issue. She eventually slept through but only on occasion not consistently. However, in the last few months things have gone from bad to worse and she only sttn maybe once a fortnight. What we do get most nights regularly, is either multiple (2 -3) night wakings or long ones that last 2 -3 hours. Haven't got a clue what to do and any advice would be very much appreciated.

Her typical days goes like this:
7.30am / 8am - WU (try to get her up at 7.30am as otherwise get a late BT)
1pm - 2.30pm - Nap (always get her up at 2.30pm, so her naps last 1h 15m - 1hr 30m)
7.30pm - start BT routine. Usually she falls asleep around 9pm as it often takes her an hour or longer to fall asleep. Earlier BT doesn't help as she just takes even longer to fall asleep, or if she does fall asleep earlier then usual, we are certain to get a long NW.

She sleeps in our bedroom but in her cot bed. She falls asleep in her cot but we have to stay in the room, usually lying on our bed which is some distance away from her cot. When she wakes up at night, she screams until I get right next to her cot on the floor (I often lie down next to her cot and sleep there for part of the night). Every time I tried not to sit next to her, she would scream for hours. When she's having a long NW, nothing helps to get her to sleep until she's ready. During that time I either lay on the floor next to her cot or take her into our bed so at least I'm comfy. She does have her own bedroom but I'm worried about moving her there while her sleep is so bad as I don't want to be running between our bedrooms several times a night.

I'm stuck. Any suggestions please?

Nigglenaggle Sat 26-Jan-13 20:20:29

Let her sleep in your bed - how long can it possibly last for? This is the solution I have come up with however my DH is resistant...

englishbreakfast Sat 26-Jan-13 22:19:24

I understand where you are coming from nigglenaggle, and I don't mind co-sleeping short term just for all of us to get some sleep, but I'm worried it'd become a habit that sticks. My niece is 10 years old, and co-slept with my DSis until she was about 8! DSis still has to sit in DN's bedroom until she falls asleep as she won't fall asleep on her own. The possibility of this happening with DD does not appeal to me at all! smile

iloveholidays Sun 27-Jan-13 05:44:15

Have you tried both giving her more sleep or less sleep in the day or putting her to bed earlier?

My DD2 is 22 months as well and I think starting to need less sleep in the day, although she does sleep 7 til 7. On the flip side though, my DD1 always woke up more in the night when she was overtired and it became a vicious circle.

englishbreakfast Sun 27-Jan-13 09:38:40

More sleep won't work, we've tried and it just ends up with her being UT when going to bed (for nap or BT) and not falling asleep for ages. I will try capping her nap to 1 hour and see if that makes a difference...

BananaPie Sun 27-Jan-13 20:17:52

englishbreakfast I could have written your post. Not found an answer yet so I can't offer any help!

AutumnMadness Tue 29-Jan-13 16:54:50

I am in the exact same situation with a 24 month old. Only our daytime sleep is all over because DS refuses to sleep in nursery (he is in full-time), and he falls asleep late (9:30 at the earliest, nothing will get him down earlier, he will play in his cot for HOURS, alone in the room). And he never settles in our bed, so we can't even co-sleep. Grrrrr.

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