I’ve be meaning to write this post for a while!
18 Month Sleep Regression
My son started showing signs of the 18 month sleep regression at around 15 months old. We think this is because he missed the 6 and 9 month regressions. He clearly loves his sleep and has always been pretty good at going to sleep.
That is until this phase started…. it started with him calling out to us soon after we put him to bed, usually an hour to two hours after. We would go back in and settle him, and he would go back to sleep. I think most of the time he was just looking for some reassurance!
A few weeks after that started he would still call out, but he also started getting out of his bed. He would remove all of his bedding and place it on the floor by his door. He would sometimes fall asleep there and I would have to put him back into his bed. Most of the time he would lay there listening to us for a while, but he soon started shouting and banging on the wall or the door. Again we would go back in and settle him. We would have a chat about the light show he had on, of the moon and stars, usually he would settle back to sleep.
I say usually because sometimes he would be up and down all night. To combat this we started giving him a teddy at bedtime. Every night for a month or so we told him that he must make sure that ted stays in bed with him. This worked well most nights, although there were nights that he just simply would not go back to sleep when we tried to settle him. When he had one of these nights we just had to leave him to do his thing. After all it was just a developmental stage and it would soon passed (we hoped)!
What the Experts say…
Experts say that this sleep regression occurs because at this stage they are learning boundaries, and what they can and cannot get away with. So we decided to let him deal with it as long as he wasn’t banging or shouting as we didn’t want him to wake his younger sister up. Oh no that would have been hell.
We have had a few rough nights with him over the last month. He has just hit the 18 month mark, and it seems as though this sleep regression phase is coming to an end. The days are still full on and tiring, but at least we are beginning to get our evenings back!
I will let you know if he continues to sleep through the night or whether the sleep regression returns. For now we are enjoying some peaceful evenings, and making the most of it before number 3 arrives!
Have you experienced trouble with the 18 month sleep regression and how did you deal with it?