Ok friends, I need help. My toddler wakes up screaming at night and I’m exhausted.I want real life people to answer this question for me. I’ve looked at advice from other blogs and BabyCenter and such but I want your experiences. If you give me good advice that actually works, perhaps I’ll write a new post (or maybe update this one) to share it with everyone else. Because surely I’m not the only person to have this problem.
Simeon is about 15 months old. For more than half of his life, he has slept soundly and solidly from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am. Suddenly, in the past couple of weeks, he has started waking up anywhere between 1:00 am and 6:00 am screaming like his life depends on it. He did it about once a week or so for awhile but the past 3 nights in a row he has done it. Sometimes he’ll calm right down if I go in and hold him and lay him back down. Sometimes he wants a drink of milk. Sometimes nothing really helps. He doesn’t respond at all to my husband handling the situation. His diaper is always fine. He isn’t cold. There are no loud noises or weird lights or anything that should be waking him up. Nothing has changed significantly in our lives or his schedule. What is the deal? And how can we fix it?
I initially thought it was teething. Then I thought it was a growth spurt. Now I don’t know what to think. It’s getting worse and I’m exhausted!
Have any of you had a problem when your toddler wakes up like this? How normal is it and how long should it last if it is just a phase? And what should I do in the meantime?
I realize some of you may never have a full night’s sleep for the first year or so of your child’s life and for that, my sincere condolences. If this was routine though, I wouldn’t be worried about it. But how does he sleep perfectly for 8+ months and then suddenly he can’t? It seems off to me. He didn’t even get messed up too badly when we moved! Why now?
HELP! Because those pictures are what my life is starting to feel like!