Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Two year sleep regression is kicking my butt

Arghhhh.  Just when I thought we were over the obsession with baby sleep.  T has been sleeping more crappily than usual for the last couple of months.  We're back to the voodoo of precisely timing naps and bedtime and trying to figure out the secret to keeping her asleep all night and not waking up at dark:thirty.  Today's wakeup time was 5am.  So delightful. 

I think the whole mess started with her switching to a new class at daycare last month.  She will not nap for more than 90 minutes there, and sometimes not more than an hour.  So by the time she gets home, she's a hot mess.

Moving bedtime WAY up worked well for a little while.  We started putting her down by 6-6:15pm.  And that helps her get caught up, and back to her usuall 11 hours at night, and then we can usually guarantee a 2+ hour nap for her the next day when she's home with me.  But another day at daycare and BAM! she's on her wack schedule again.

I wake up at the slightest whimper from the baby monitor and now I've apparently developed the inability to get right back to sleep.  I think having a kid has completely ruined that for me.  I don't sleep as well anymore.  (And certainly not as long, sigh.) 

I thought she was just having issues adjusting to the new class at school - she only goes twice a week so I figured it would take her a while to settle in.  But it turns out, the 2 year sleep regression is a real thing.  I knew I could count on AskMoxie...

So here I am, at 1am, catching up on my Mondo Beyondo lessons.  On the bright side, I won't be as ridiculously behind anymore.  And once I do get to sleep, I'll get to enjoy our fabulous new memory foam mattress.  So all is not lost.


  1. I'm sleepy just thinking about it.

  2. And the daycare people can't get her to sleep longer? That's no good! (My kid wouldn't sleep at daycare either.)

  3. @Jenn - I know, right?

    @chickens - they don't try very hard, but on the bright side there was one day this week where she napped 2 hours there. So maybe it's getting better?

  4. This is weird to find! My son also started a MMO program just 2 days a week for 4 hours and he started waking up between 5:30 and 6:00 EVERY morning! He used to always sleep until 7! UGH! I feel your pain!

  5. @Anonymous - i feel for you. We had another night where she was awake from 1am - 2am just chattering away. Fortunately I didn't have to go down there, but *I* was awake. Sigh. They must be super-sensitive to routine changes right now or something...

  6. My son (2 years, 4 months old) is currently on a nap strike! At school (really a daycare) and at home. And this boy needs his naps or he is a hot mess all afternoon until bedtime, which we have to move up on those days.

    My plan, as usual, is to just wait it out, keeping trying to put him down for a nap until the strike is over. About 20-50% of the time he still naps, so I keep trying. And try not to go insane when he doesn't.


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