18-Month Sleep Regression
At around 18 months, toddlers are starting to become a little more independent; they have the ability to say no and have their own opinions about life. This age can bring about more discipline issues or defiance, and oftentimes this will carry into bedtime or nap time.
That is why your kiddo may be all of a sudden resisting going to sleep for you, which also means we're getting less sleep, which turns into an overtired and cranky baby. A crankier toddler means more tantrums, too. When a baby or toddler is overtired, we will often see early morning wake ups. It can become a vicious cycle!
We know this can feel discouraging, but all of this means that your little one is developmentally right on track.
So what do you do?
We want to encourage you to be even more consistent about bedtime and nap time. Don’t start any new habits or allow a longer bedtime routine. Keep this short, but more importantly, keep it consistent.
Be sure that your daytime schedule is on point by checking Nap Schedules: 5 Months to 25 Months
If you see signs of separation anxiety at this time, this is normal too. Listen to what Cara has to say about separation anxiety.