Why Isn’t My 18 Month Old Daughter Sleeping Through the Night?
I have an 18-month-old daughter and about 5 months ago she stopped sleeping through the night. She usually wakes now between 2-4 times in a night starting from 1.30am onwards. I have tried ignoring her and I have also done the giving into her and giving her more milk. Nothing seems to work.
She goes to bed at 6.30 every night and has done since she was newborn (she used to sleep all through the night). She still has 2 naps a day each lasting exactly an hour. She eats well so it is not hunger, she drinks plenty. Her teeth were a problem but now she has a mouth full, so it’s not teething.
I am at my wits end to find out why, if anybody has any ideas please help.
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Tips When Young Toddlers Won’t Sleep Through The Night
You know what; I’d say your little toddler is completely normal! It is very common for babies to start waking up again at night at some point between 1 and 1.5 years, only no one tells you about it! There is sooo much focus on having your baby sleep through the night right from the start, but there is very little information about the fact that the probability of this continuing forever is very low.
At around 18 months, a lot happens with babies’ development. They start talking or at least understanding words and communicate, they move around and they understand much more about the world than before. This means that they have a lot to digest at night and nightmares are common at around 18 months.
One thing I think you should do is to cut down on the nighttime feeding as fast as you can (if she still does get milk at night). In my experience, the habit of eating at night really is an obstacle to learning to sleep through the night for older babies and toddlers.
You don’t say anything about your baby’s bedtime routines, but if your girl doesn’t fall asleep in her own bed, that might be something to start working on. Personally, I don’t like the cry it out method, but prefer to slowly help the baby learn to fall asleep in her bed. This can be done by putting her in bed when she is really tired and then staying with her, making it a nice moment with mom or dad; reading a book, singing a lullaby and having a back rub or a cuddle. When she accepts to fall asleep in her own bed, then the next step is for you to move inches away from the bed right before she falls asleep – and then gradually further away.
Ones she has learned to fall asleep on her own and the feeding is gone, there is a much better chance that she’ll wake up less often.
Does any of this help your situation? Otherwise, write some more details and we’ll work something out. Maybe your first goal shouldn’t be to have her sleep through the night but to wake up less often. Many children wake up at night a few times per week and walk into their parents’ bedroom for several years. Buy a big bed and realise that within a few years, your girl wouldn’t dream of sleeping next to mom… They grow up so fast and she needs you now!
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