My 17(almost 18) month old is screaming his lungs out each night when he has to go to sleep. He was always very easy to put to bed and used to be put into his cot, left and he will fall asleep. A few months ago he wanted a bottle to soothe him to sleep, but that doesn't work anymore.
Up to two weeks ago there were no problems, except for the usual sleeping difficulties when he was sick or teething. Then we went away for the weekend with another family who had a toddler the same age, and she never sleeps easily. Since then, he screams when he is put into the cot. He stands and shake the cot and only stops crying when me or DH enters the room. He falls asleep if he is on the rocking chair on top of you, but as soon as you put him in the cot, he is awake again. Some nights when he is very tired, he will fall asleep after a about 10minutes of screaming, but wakes 2 hours later and wants to play for the next 3 to 4 hours. That is in the middle of the night.
There is a routine at night. He gets fed, bathed, played and then left to settle down before he goes to bed. I have tried later, earlier, etc. but nothing works.
We both work and this is exhausting! Any advice on how to soothe him and make going to bed easier, please!!