Childhood Diseases

Posted by: mimi | 2007/04/18


good sleeper suddenly refusing to sleep

My son is 21 months and has always been a pretty good sleepr. As a baby we did sleep training for 2 or 3 days, but he only cried for about 30 minutes on the first day, and then it got less.

Over the last 2 weeks he is waking up at night hyserically calling for his Dad or I. He refuses to take his day time sleep as well, which leads to him skipping dinner, as he is too tierd to eat or do anything, so he gets up earlier the next morning... and so this vicious cycle is continuing.
Over this period we were away for 3 nights and he has had an ear infection; but now that we have been back for a week and his ear is getting better I thought I would let him cry it out so that he would have a day time sleep, and allow us to get back to normal. He was hysterical for and hour and a half, until he finally figured out how to climb out of his cot. I don't know what to do. He also keeps on pointing to the big bed in his room, but surely it is too early for a big bed and he is so unsettled already... He seems to be having a bad case of seperation anxiety on top of that.

Any advice would be welcome, he has just turned into this impossible child over the last 2 weeks, and the lack of sleeping is only making it worse.

Expert's Reply



His routine has been upset and he also demonstrates signs of separation anxiety. He is probably too young for an ordinary bed, but if that is what he wants let him sleep in his big bed and see how it goes. For the rest our regular forum members will assist you with advice.

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Posted by: taryn | 2007/04/20

Hi mimi

We moved our son to his big bed when he was 20 months as he started getting extremely unsettled in his cot and fell out once. I think they start feeling 'cramped' especially the bigger babies and we had a wooden cot which is quite narrow. Because he is going through abit of anxiety separation, try and sit with him for a couple of nights initially to re assure him and help him settle into his new bed.

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