I don't really buy the sleep regression theory, but they do go through physical and mental developmental leaps that can affect their sleep. At 18 months they are learning and changing very fast. Separation anxiety can rear its ugly head. It's also the time many toddlers are teething their molars, which can be very painful and in my experience absolutely wreaks havoc with their sleep! Is she teething?
She doesn't seem to be teething. TBH, teething has never seemed to be a big issue for her. I read an article by a pediatric dentist that teething is not the source of bad sleeping, drooling etc. Teething just gets blamed for everything.
Yes it's a thing. We're in the thick of it right now. He's gone from sleeping through with no feeds even before bed to up several times and having bottles. It sucks but it does help knowing it's just a phase. His development is happening really rapidly at the moment, he's suddenly attempting lots more sounds, understanding much more, beginning pretend play and self care and tantrums. It takes its toll!
Last night I felt lucky because he was only up at midnight (had to be fed) 4am and and 5am (also had to be fed) before being up for the day at 5.45! He tantrummed non stop all morning and eventually crashed out for a nap at 10.15. Who knows how the rest of the day will go!
It's definitely a thing and we're also in the thick of it. With DS once he was past it he sttn pretty much consistently afterwards, apart from the odd hiccup. DD also has her molars coming through and has learned a lot of new words and is going through separation anxiety.
I have no idea if it's an actual thing but DS is not sleeping great at the moment although he is teething this isn't usually a major sleep issue for us. He is currently up and inconsolable for the third time since he went down at 7 and I'm so tired I have no idea how I'm going to stay awake long enough to drive to work tomorrow let alone actually teach anything!
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