Someone please help.
My 1year 11m old DD has started this habit of waking up at insane hours in the night then refusing to fall back asleep again until around midday. We have tried everything we can think of and there is literally nothing that will make her go back to sleep - she'll only sleep when she has completely exhausted herself. The worst one so far has been awake 2:30am-12:30pm.
This has been going on for at least 4 months now. She'll do this 1-2 times a week and it's an absolute killer, it completely ruins the rest of the day. There was a wonderful break of 2 weeks where she didn't do it at all, we thought it was over. But since Wednesday of last week, she's been doing this every night and we're at our wits end.
Please can someone give advice on what we can do. So as not to drip feed, here's some more info:
Her exercise/activities/naps in the day seem to have no bearing on these night wakings so it's not clear what's causing it. She's not too hot or cold it seems. It's completely unpredictable whether she'll do it or not.
When she wakes in the night, she's always in a good mood and just wants to play. Even if she stays in the room (we're co-sleeping in a one-bed flat; not able to change this right now and they don't sell toddler cots in the country where we live), and there aren't any toys, she'll just invent entertainment for herself e.g. rubbing her limbs against the walls, rolling around, playing with her nose or mouth etc. She can do this for hours even though this would never entertain her for even a fraction in the day.
Patting, calm white music, humming songs, gently placing her back into her part of the bed, keeping the light off. We'll change her nappy if she needs it and give her a drink of water, then take her back to bed. Sometimes I get annoyed and be more firm with her but to no effect.
If hours have gone by and there's no improvement (usually isn't any and me and DH can't sleep anymore anyway) then DH might put her in the car and take her for a drive, or we'll stay home and allow her to play with her toys in the living room with the lights dim, and at some point give her a savoury snack or breakfast.
When she finally falls asleep, it's usually mid-morning or midday, in the car or pram. That's her usual place for falling asleep for naps as well as she won't start her nap at home, but she will allow me to move her from the car/pram to the bed each time so at least we can do that. This nap situation is the same even if she sleeps well at night.
She has no signs of SEN or anything like that. She has quite a sweet personality and rarely gets angry - I don't think she's started terrible twos yet.
Thank you for reading.
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MayMi · 17/09/2023 21:10
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