Has anyone gone through the 2-yr sleep regression? I posted on 12-24 and 24+ and am starting to realize that it's a pretty common thing. But I'm curious about any AP'ers who have dealt with toddler sleep issues, as I generally find that my parenting decisions fall in line with AP. Here's the situation (XP'd):
My DD, 22 mos, has just had a significant change (for the worse) in her sleep habits and it literally happened overnight about 2.5 weeks ago.
She's generally been a very good sleeper and learned at an early age how to soothe herself to sleep. In the months leading up to this sudden change, she'd been sleeping approx 8p-8a with a 1.5-2hr nap. We'd do her bedtime routine (bath, brush teeth and hair, diaper and jammies, a few books, nurse quickly although she's definitely heading towards weaning so it's been very very quick) and then she'd climb into her bed totally by choice, I'd tuck her in, kiss goodnight and walk out the door and she was fine!
Then suddenly a couple of weeks ago, she totally changed and now requires me to either rock her to sleep or else she'll climb into bed but I have to sit on the floor next to her bed and rub her back until she falls asleep. If I leave the room before she's asleep, she climbs out of bed, heads to the door and screams bloody murder until I come back in. Some nights (like tonight), I have to stay in her room for SO long while she winds down and chit-chats. I was there over an hour and a half tonight, just alternating ignoring her and trying to coax her to go to sleep. On top of now being afraid to be alone in her room at nap and bedtime (she really does seem scared), she's also been waking some nights. Last night she woke three times, which is very unusual for her. Several times over the past few weeks I've brought her into our bed early in the morning just so we can all get a few more hours of sleep rather than having to try to talk her back into bed for an hour.
She switched from crib to toddler bed about 2 mos ago but the transition was very easy and I don't think that's causing this. I've added a nightlight to her room. I've tried talking to her about dreams in case that was the problem but she doesn't quite get it. She is very averse to talking about sleep at the moment, and whenever it comes up, she just reminds me that bedtime is when I rub her back. Also, she's been VERY clingy to me during the day lately, and at night she doesn't want anything to do with DH. It's hard on me and upsetting for him that he can't comfort her.
I'm considering sleep training and am currently reading the NCSS for toddlers but I'm worried about any CIO methods with her as she really screams like crazy when truly worked up and will gag and vomit if I let her cry for more than a minute or so. She understands so much at this age that I think crying would be a lot harder on both of us. That being said, I'm open to any and all suggestions.