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    Default Please help- 22 month old sleep

    My son has never been a good sleeper. And by that, I mean he has slept through the night maybe 10 times in his life but for the last six months or so, he would wake once and come and settle in our bed with a cuddle.

    He does have a speech delay & the last two weeks had been awful with him waking 7-8 times a night asking for his dummy and so we decided to take it away. The first night was bad (as expected) but by lunch the next day he stopped asking for his dummy and went down for a nap easy.

    The thing is though, his sleep has gone from bad to worse. He is going to sleep late (doesn't appear tired) or if we try to get him down as soon as he starts rubbing his eyes, we still end up trying for like two hours before he crashes. When he finally does, he wakes up yelling (not screaming- yelling. It's definitely an angry yell) and demands to get up and watch a movie and hits and kicks me. He's ****ty when he wakes for the day. Last night he just yelled periodically in his sleep (didn't ask to get up etc) but his total time in bed sleeping was only 8 hours. He is exhausted.

    I'm just not really sure what's going on. He hasn't asked for his dummy, so I don't think it's that. Is it night terrors? Is he just sleeping like crap because he's overtired? Is this "normal"? Before we took the dummy away and he was getting more sleep he had started to yell & hit during the day when frustrated but now overnight too!

    I am one tired mama. Thanks

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    Subbing. My eyes are falling out my head this morning from DD not sleeping as she should.
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    Maybe he is going through a growth spurt or mental wonder week?

    At 23 months we had this with DS for about 3 weeks, no sleep, hyper, constantly on the go and it was so draining for us and him!!

    He is just starting to come out of it and the last few nights has slept until 4am before crawling in with us. His speech has improved during this time and he understands a lot more.

    Hang in there!
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    Thanks Caribbean. That would make sense! I was just worried that the lack of dummy was to blame and he was having trouble settling without it- although I wasn't sure, because he's not asking for it. Motherhood is a tough gig!

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    Bumping for the night timers

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    DD was the same about a month before she turned 2, although it went on for about 6 weeks. She was a nightmare to get down to sleep, and when she woke it took ages to resettle her, which was something we hadn't had to do for awhile. It was like a mini regression! But she came out of it with more vocabulary, clearer speech, and a bit of a different attitude on things, it took the 6 weeks but boy what a change! We also went from the cot to toddler bed, so I guess it was alot of changes both developmentally and environmentally for her (it was christmas time also so routines were a bit different and lots of people around). Sorry no particular advice, but you are not alone and it is a very difficult time for everyone. Hang in there, it should get better soon

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    Nope this is definitely helpful, at least I know that it's not something to be concerned about and just one of the many phases that will pass (hopefully sooner rather than later!)


 

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