Our 10 month old DD has recently started nursery and is experiencing intense separation anxiety, the result of which is that she has gone from waking 1-2 times a night to waking 8-12 times. She seems to crawl/stand herself awake, and then cries. She can be up for minutes or hours, and can wake 4 times in an hour or once in 4 hours - it doesn't seem to have a pattern. DH and I are exhausted, as is she - what is the best way to get through this? Do we pick her up and cuddle her until she falls asleep? Let her cry a little? Talk her down to sleep? Bring her into bed with us (she's a kicker)? Any advice most welcome.
Lots of dcs go through wakeful/restless periods that are linked to doing in their sleep (crawling/standing) what they have learnt to do during the day. This is a developmental stage and not always linked to being at nursery!
It is not necessarily seperation anxiety - so don't beat yourselves up.
Firstly check with nursery what amount of sleep she has been getting there - IMO over tired dcs can behave like this so if nursery is exciting and stimulating she may actually not be getting much daytine sleep.
Conversly if she is having settling probs she may have opted to sleep all day at nursery to avoid the challenges there.
Try a sleeping bag to help keep her lying down?
Then there's teething about now too?
And there's being a bit hungry with the increased activity of a nursery day?