I have noticed a new trend developing in my house within the past couple of weeks. About two weeks ago my little lady started waking up at around two thirty in the morning. For someone who had gotten pretty used to her sleeping all night this is a big problem. I have tried going through all of the possible scenarios that could be causing her to wake up in the middle of the night.
I'm pretty sure it is either her last two teeth that are coming in or her absolute desire to be in my presence twenty four seven. As much as I would like to hope for light at the end of the tunnel and blame it on teething I do believe I have created a little night time monster. Or fairy. I will refer to her as a night time fairy. Now that she has gotten a little older she has figured out the whole "if I cry she will come" thing. I also think that she may be waking up because she's wet. Now that she's been potty trained for the day I'm thinking that a wet diaper at night might be uncomfortable.
The only solution to that would be to nighttime potty train. That's not happening right now. Mainly because she's still in a crib and I'm not ready for her to transition to a toddler bed. I can't imagine her being able to get out of bed whenever she wanted. Unfortunately, if it comes down to this being the reason for her nighttime waking I will have to suck it up and train her.
I know what you will say...Check on her and make sure she's fine then put her back to bed. She'll cry but eventually she'll fall asleep. That all sounds really great if she wasn't waking up so close to my soldier's wake up time. He has to get up at four. If she's waking up at two thirty I don't want her screaming her head off during his last bit of sleep. Not to mention I wouldn't be able to go back to sleep either. So what's a girl to do?
This weekend I am going to try the letting her cry it out if she wakes up. If this doesn't work I am going to try taking away her nap. In the book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child it says that a small percentage of children her age no longer take a nap. Could she be in that small percentage? If that doesn't work then I will have to nighttime train her. I was hoping to wait until after we moved (more on the move later) to train her at night but if she's ready I'll have to get over it. Has anyone else noticed a change in their child's sleep habits around the age of two? What did you do to get them back on track and back to sleeping all night?