DD for the past three weeks has been having 1 to 2 hour long meltdowns before each nap and before bedtime. Oddly she's fine during the middle of the night wake ups. I usually put her down for naps when she first starts showing sleepy signs like eye and ear rubbing and yawning, which usually start an hour and a half after she wakes up. I've tried putting her down sooner in case the sleep cues were a sign of overtired. I've tried putting her down later in case I was misinterpreting the cues. Either way she has epic meltdowns. DH says I'm being too rigid and should just let her play until she effectively passes out from exhaustion, which is basically what s happening anyway.
She literally wails and screams for an hour or so and is inconsolable. I try swinging, swaying, singing, playing with her to distract her, everything! Plus I can't really have set bedtime and nap routines anymore.
She's 18 weeks, could this be a four month sleep regression thing? Has anyone else had this problem and did you find a way to resolve it. I'm losing my mind here!