Surviving the 18 Month Sleep Regression
And now this one.
It’s definitely been the hardest so far. With a baby waking every hour to breastfeed, it isn’t an easy task to sit up with a sleep deprived toddler for hours on end. It’s true to say that both me and Darren are beyond exhausted now. I’m just slightly glad that it happened over the Christmas period while Darren had time off work. Although it is lasting a little longer than I’d like it to.
I remember Keira going through it, mainly because she also developed a bit of separation anxiety at bedtime, but once she was asleep it was so bad (Joshua was born when Keira was 18 months old and she had started sleeping through so night times were a piece of cake).
Being a mom of 3 I thought I was pretty clued up on how to do this parenting malarkey but it just goes to show that no matter how many children you have there is always something to keep you on your toes.
“For us, the only way we get through any sleep regression is by bed-sharing. I know it’s not for everyone, but done safely it means we all get at least some sleep!”
– Tessa (Little Lathey)
“Oh I know it well and I’m facing this again now at 2.5 years. Kids can be SO different I think it’s more about our own survival, sticking to routine and remembering it is just a phase and that at that age they are learning so much, discovering fear, separation anxiety and testing boundaries too. It is exhausting even if they just want a lovely cuddle and I find you get to a point where you feel you can’t go on and suddenly they have a magical night of sleep and everyone is happy again.”
“My children’s regression was fear based. So we used the “monster spray” to keep baddies away and night lights. I like to encourage good sleep not punish bad, so not keen on reward charts at this age they aren’t waking on purpose.”
– Amy (Eps and Amy)
“A nightlight worked a treat for us. I think it was the fear of waking up in a dark room alone, also moving her to a bed so she could come into us if she ever needed us!”
– Amy (The Smallest of Things)
“Gaffer tape, a child sized cardboard box and a heady mix of Peppa pig and double chocolate cookies accompanied by a lot of coffee (for me).”
– Natasha (Mummy & Moose)
Do you have any hints and tips for those parents who may be struggling?