Did someone come and replace my daughter with an attitude filled, sleep hating toddler? I want answers people!
Just within the last week or so things have gone to hell and a handbasket. Technically sleep started getting bad in November when we lost DST. Charlie never really recovered from that change and she started waking up around 5:30 am which sucks hardcore. But we’ve been trying to work with it the best we can and sometimes we can either get her back to sleep for a few hours or she’ll just randomly sleep in and surprise us.
What the REAL problem is is bedtime. My previously sleep trained (via Happy Sleeper method, highly recommend) happy to lay in bed until she fell asleep peacefully baby is now screaming these blood curdling banshee screams as soon as I exit the room. When I go back in for five minute checks she will INSTANTLY lay down and try to go to sleep, but if I leave the banshee comes back. So what we’ve been doing is just sitting next to the crib. When we do this, she’s asleep in five minutes…..but why do we need to do this? What’s happened?!
I read somewhere that at 18 months a new bout of separation anxiety can hit pretty hard and I definitely want to be sensitive to that, but I also don’t want to create bad habits and crutches that are going to be hard to break in a month or so when this period is over. Does anyone have experience with this particular regression? I welcome advice. WELCOME IT.