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Old Nov 8th, 2016, 14:36 PM   1
BlingyGal
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18 Month Sleep Regression - Real thing?


I can hardly remember what I wanted to post because I'm SO TIRED. Oh right, I'm SO TIRED because for the past 5-6 weeks my almost 18 month old daughter's sleeping has turned to utter crap.

She no longer STTN! Instead, she wakes multiple times, crying and screaming PLUS she wakes up much earlier than before.

Honestly, this past weekend was so bad, it's tipped us over the edge. I'm no longer coping as well as I was. I'm exhausted. My husband is exhausted. Our daughter is exhausted.

Is this just a phase? Are sleep regressions real? Wll this ever end?!

Where is my beautiful STTN daughter? Will she come back?



 
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Old Nov 8th, 2016, 14:46 PM   2
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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?



 
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Old Nov 8th, 2016, 15:07 PM   3
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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.



 
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Old Nov 8th, 2016, 15:17 PM   4
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I highly disagree with that article. I quite clearly notice when my kids have been acutely teething. I'm sure it's down to the individual baby whether they are excessively bothered by teething or not.



 
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Old Nov 8th, 2016, 15:34 PM   5
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The differences with teething experiences is an interesting one, that's for sure. I know plenty of moms that would agree with you.

My daughter probably drooled a total of five times since she was born - just a couple of strands of drool each time. But she still got a bunch of teeth in the end.

Every child is different as you say.



 
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Old Nov 8th, 2016, 22:44 PM   6
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It's a thing. Leo is 19 and a half months and is starting to get better.



 
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Old Nov 9th, 2016, 04:48 AM   7
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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!



 
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Old Nov 9th, 2016, 07:16 AM   8
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Also in the thick of it here!!

DS was up from 2.30-5.30 then up for the day at 7.30.. he hasn't had a nap yet but has been so grouchy!



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Old Nov 10th, 2016, 15:19 PM   9
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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.



 
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Old Nov 10th, 2016, 17:39 PM   10
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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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