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18 month old sleep regression?

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Pookythebear Fri 05-May-17 20:46:01

My DS (18 months) has always been a great sleeper (7-7) with no problems apart from the occasional teething/sickness. I'm not sure if it's related but he's just got over chicken pox, where there was one night of no sleep (co-sleep, cuddles etc) and then another night a few days later which was much the same. We had a week of normality but for the last few nights he has been waking up between 10pm and 1am crying. I quickly console him and then he quickly settles until morning.

He's not ill or teething right now, so I can only guess he's got into some sort of habit of fancying a quick cuddle in the dead of night.

I know in the great scheme of things it's nothing too horrific but selfishly its taking me ages to fall back asleep afterwards waiting for another cry out (impacting the daytime and work) and I guess, I really dont want it to get any worse/habitual.

Could it be regression? Has anyone else experienced similar?

blue2014 Fri 05-May-17 21:10:52

Apparently there is an 18 month regression (am going through the 4 month one so doing a lot of googling!) but they're supposed to move through it within a week or so by themselves so fingers crossed for you smile

HerculesParrot Sat 06-May-17 07:27:58

Slightly different but my 8 month old, previously a reliable sleeper through, has been up and down for the past month following a nasty cold. That's probably not what you wanted to hear, but I'm interested if anyone has any suggestions for "resetting" them when they seem to get into a pattern of disturbed nights that's set off by illness!

manateeandcake Sun 07-May-17 20:34:43

Definitely sounds like a regression. We've been going through this with 18-month-old DS who unfortunately wasn't a great sleeper to begin with, but had recently improved a lot. It's funny you say it's between 10pm and 1am, because our DS has his unsettled time between 11pm and 2am (goes to sleep 7.30-8pm). We had 4 bad nights, then he got better, then came down with a cough and cold and is waking up crying again.

I don't have any advice as I think you just have to survive it as best you can. DS is our second so we've been through it before, though I can't remember how long it lasted with DD. I particularly hate the not knowing if or when he's going to start crying again, plus having to repeatedly get out of my warm bed.

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