Posted in Behavior, Sleep, Toddlers

Is sleep-time separation anxiety something we just have to ride out?

My 20 month old daughter has suddenly starting screaming when we say goodnight. Before naps and bedtime. She IS currently teething (eye teeth 😩 send help) but, Motrin doesn’t seem to make a difference with this anxiety. She just clings to us and doesn’t want us to leave. It’s really hard! Any tips? Words of encouragement? Time travel device for getting through this stage?

  • Sug
    Sep 23, 2019

    We're going through this right now with our son who turns 2 next week. Bedtime is a battle unless one of us lays with him for 10-15 minutes before bed. I've noticed it helps when we get that time in to wind down instead of just closing the door and saying "goodnight." He still cries when we leave the room, but it doesn't last nearly as long and he eventually climbs into his bed and goes to sleep.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 24, 2019

    Yep, ride it out :( it’s hard but nothing lasts forever. I assume it will settle down for sure when teething ends. I hear there’s a “two year old sleep regression” (I don’t believe in regressions much) but I do know my son is also almost 2 and has been fussing a lot more and screaming a lot more before bed. I try to just keep things as normal as possible and remind him of what’s coming next. “We’re going to read 2 books and then we’re going to lay down”