Sleep is a wonderful word….and thing…currently you can find my Google Search History like this: 13 month old sleep regression? 13 month old waking up in the middle of the night, 13 month old won’t sleep! So if you can’t tell we are going through a little bit of a “growing pain” in the Aucutt Household. Our wonderful sleeper has turned into a terrible night waking monster! I kid, he isn’t really a monster BUT it has been a rough couple of days.
The past few nights, Grayson has been waking up in the middle of the night and gets so upset he screams and cries and screams some more all the while reaching his little arms up to be held. But when we hold him to rock him he cries and wants down, when we rub his back he cries and wants out. On Sunday night this went on and on from 1-4 am! Last night it was from 12:30 to 2 (making progress). So needless to say hubby and I are walking around like zombies…and that’s just two nights of this! I read a lot about sleep regressions and the only thing I can really find is that he might be going through separation anxiety. As every time we leave the room he screams again, but if he can see us there he is usually fine. Last night we broke down and let him cry from 1:40 to 2 am and he FINALLY laid down and went to sleep. I’m not a fan of the cry it out method (or CIO is what you will find in the online world). But we really didn’t know what else to do. Nothing would calm him down…except getting down to play and read (Which we wouldn’t allow). If you have ever tried the CIO method you probably know how terrible it is, it sucked and after he finally went to sleep I was wide awake. Was that the right thing to do? Should we have tried something else? A bottle? Sippy? Anything?! He isn’t sick, teething has never made him behave like this. I just think his sleep cycle must be changing and he is more awake now and having trouble figuring out how to go to sleep, then he see us in and out trying to get him calmed down and he freaks out when we leave. At least that’s what my not so doctor, trying to make me feel better for letting my child cry for 20 minutes opinion is. I think it’s to make me feel better….
So parents, what advice do you have? Anyone have a 13 month old do this? Do you like the CIO method, did it work for you? Tips and tricks please as we would like to get some sleep tonight! 😉
PS: little man just laid down but only after crying for about ten min, he used to go down hassle and cry free! Where did my great sleeper go?!