Needing some advice. 28 month old has been waking in the night at 2am/3am or so for the past month or more. She comes into our room and even if I tell her to go back to her bed she says she wants to sleep in my bed. (Prior to this she has slept through most nights since she was little although we have always had issues with getting her to go to sleep no matter what we try in regard to bedtime routine, day sleep timing etc. she has always hated sleeping anywhere away from home and even getting her to sleep in her cot/bed has had its challenges of spending up to an hour and a half by her bed side at night time)
I take her back to her bed and normally hop in with her as I am pregnant with number 2 due In a few months time. She can be awake for up to 2 hours and flips and turns with eyes open. It's very frustrating and tiring especially when she wont let my husband put her back to bed without a screaming match and tantrum.
She has a very good vocab for her age and understands instructions very well however this doesn't make any difference when we tell her to close her eyes and sleep.
She has a material doll she has in bed which she snuggles, a gro clock (as of two weeks ago) and is in a single bed (it all started prior to the single bed introduction, she was in a toddler bed for 6 months before this started and then we got the bed to see if it would help.
She had grommets inserted 12+ months ago.
I have stayed at my mums with her the past week, she didn't wake once in the night (is this because I was sleeping in the bed right beside her stretcher bed?????)
Her routine lately has been a day sleep at 12:30pm for an hour to an hour and 20 and bed time is 7pm although she can take up to 8pm to fall asleep (with me in the chair beside her) and then wakes for the day anywhere between 6-630.
We have never been able to teach her to self settle, we resorted to rocking when she was a baby as CIO just made her hysterical and made bed time worse after she would fall asleep from exhaustion of crying!!!
Any advice would be helpful - thanks so much. I am at my wits end with constant challenges she is throwing at us in regards to sleeping issues.