I would really love some advice from parents that have been through something similar as my DH and I are lost for what to do.
DD has always slept through the night (7pm-7am) with the exception of illness etc but in the last two weeks this all changed and we now have a child that wakes crying for us at 4am or so every night. She calls out for us and one of us will go and try to settle her but she's agitated and trying to grab for us in a desperate attempt to get out the cot. 3 nights ago we were exhausted and with nothing so far working tried to settle her unsuccessfully so told her to lay down to sleep and left the room in the hope that she would cry a little and settle herself like she used to do. She did not like this very much and for the first time ever climbed out of the cot and ran into our room. After getting over the shock we took the sides off the cot to prevent it happening again and causing injury so now we are dealing with a 4am waker that can simply get out of her bed and have a tantrum if we try to put her back to bed
We have tried several things like giving in and bringing her into our bed, telling her she will go into the port-a-cot like a baby instead of the big bed and constantly taking her back to her own bed to name a few but as I'm sure you can imagine, doing this with a 2 year old that is stubborn to say the least wants their own way no matter what time of the day (although exactly what she is wanting is anyone's guess as she will not tell us).
I did a bit of reading online for some possible answers like development, dreams/nightmares and these may be the case as she has been going through a growth and development spurt when this first started.
I'm sorry for the long rant but I'm tired and on a severe learning curve for this one. I tend to take things like this a bit personal and see it as my own failure especially when it's upsetting the whole house (DH very tired and grumpy and working long hours). DH is wonderful and very helpful but I can't help but feel I need to solve this problem for us all and take ownership.
I would love your advice and whether this has happened/happening to you and what worked/what didn't
If you got this far, thank you so much for reading
From a tired and grumpy Mummy