I need some moral support here. For the past 2 weeks my 21 mo ds has screamed for at least an hour when I put him to bed. I do the routine, he settles nicely for 5 minutes, and then he screams..........and screams.....and screams. He hasn't been ill, nothing has frightened him, he is non-verbal andf can't tell me what he wants. He now has a mild cold, I am treating it with calpol and tixilix night remedy on the advice of the pharmacist. He is usually tired when he goes to bed, but it makes no difference whether he is tired or not - he screams anyway. I never put him in his cot as a punishment, I hate it when he screams like this, I have tried controlled crying but to be honest, I thought we were over all that this time last year! Anyone have any suggestions?
do the c/c again, because every time you go in whilst doing the routine,he is getting reassurance from you that everything is ok, whereas leaving him there he is only getting more and more unsettled and u too,at least if you go in every 5mins he knows you are there and you also tell him its night night sleep, imo,
and he will eventually like going to sleep
Yeah it certainly is reminiscent of those early days.
Have you got the mattress raised if he has a cold , might help with breathing for him.
And when they are ill it does unfortunately muck the sleep pattern up, it seems.
He doesn't stay where I put him in his cot, so if I raised the mattress I would probably find a curled up, neglected looking heap of toddler at the bottom of the cot! Thanks for the hint though, I did used to do that!
Think he has me worked out........last night I gave up at 4 am (but 4AM!!!!!) went downstairs and warmed a bottle of milk.......... by the time I got to the top of the stairs he was asleep. And taking him into our bed doesn't work, if it did he would sleep their all the time, I wouldn't mind. He divebombs the duvet instead