Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Toddler Sleep Issues

Things have been a little rocky in the sleep department over here.  About a month ago, Isabella started waking up in the middle of the night...climbing out of her crib, asking to go potty, crying for us to save her from monsters.  At first I thought it was just a phase and that it would pass.  Then I thought once we transitioned into the toddler bed (more on that later), that it would stop.  Wrong again.

I don't know what her deal is.  She doesn't fight going to sleep anymore, she'll stay in her bed no problem.  Sometimes she wakes up 3 times a night.  Sometimes none.  Most times once or twice.  Sometimes she wants to go to the bathroom.  Sometimes it's the monsters.  Sometimes she wants us to sing her a song or to tuck her in.  Sometimes she says she's not tired and wants to go downstairs (I don't care what time she wakes up, we don't go downstairs until 6:30 the earliest.) Her wake-up time is also inconsistent.  Sometimes she'll sleep until 8:30 and other times she's up at 6:30.

Her nap is basically non-existent, although she'll nap at day care and in the car, but during the week when my mom and Andy are watching her, she won't nap in the bed, even though I think she should keep napping because I really do think she's overtired and is nightwaking because of it, like she would do when she was a baby.  Although, no one else agrees with me.

I really don't know what to do.  I was always a big proponent for sleep training and cry it out (judge away for this I really don't care, it worked and I'd do it again in a hot minute).  But I can't leave her in her room screaming about monsters...it's just too sad.  I also can't lock her in her room (can I?) so she'll just walk from her room into our room.

We never let her in our bed and during all of these nightwakings she's usually up from anywhere between 5-30 minutes.  Not so bad at the lower end of the spectrum, brutal at the upper end.

I don't know what the hell is going on, but I do know that I am so tired and beaten down with training and retraining this kid to sleep that I fear I have no fight left in me and that I should just concede to be exhausted for the rest of my natural life!  Did any of you have similar situations with your toddlers?  Or where they all the perfect little sleeping angels?
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Caitlin MidAtlantic said...

We've had a few issues adjusting to the big girl bed, namely the noisy dog behind us. We took a stuffed dog that Laura already loved, and set it on the windowsill to keep her safe from the dog outside. Maybe you could pick out a cheerful monster stuffed animal as a talisman?

Mommy092209 said...

We have had so many sleep issues with our little one that we think we're finally in a groove. She does fight going to sleep EVERY NIGHT, but we started offering a treat in the morning if she just relaxes and goes to sleep. Could that work? I mean I hate to always bribe her, but I mean, I'm just trying to survive here, LOL.

Stepha said...

I'm sorry you're going through this! makeup makes me feel better to know I'm not alone! Lately we've had some pretty bad nights lately too. Maybe it's just a phase toddlers go through. I'm friggen exhausted!!!!

Ariel @ Dreams To Do said...

Yeah, you are NOT alone. Leila wakes up every night. I always said I would NEVER let my kids sleep in bed with me, but I eventually caved. Now? She wakes up around midnight every night and climbs in bed with us. I don't even notice any more and we all sleep great (with the exception of my 5 month old who is giving me a helluva time at night lately). Sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures.

Melinda@LookWhatMomFound...and Dad too! said...

sleep issues with little ones cause sleep issuess with us. It's easy to say cry it out but exhaustion sets in and you just want it to be easy. Do the best you can and hopefully it passes soon.

Eclipsed said...

@Caitlin - I remember you giving me that suggestion when I wrote about how Isabella was scared of monsters, so I actually picked her up a Sully doll from Monsters Inc. She loves to play with him, but he hasn't upgraded to "bed" status yet, but we're working on it. Thanks so much for the suggestion.

And to everyone else, I guess children are just wretched beasts who withhold sleep to torture us. Hang in there warriors!

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