It is a feeling familiar to parents everywhere.
A mother, from Bristol, revealed she is ‘at the end of her tether’ because her 18-month-old daughter is struggling to sleep through the night.
Taking to the Channel Mum Facebook group, she wrote: ‘Any tips on how to survive with next to no sleep? I have been running on 2-3 hours broken sleep for weeks as my 18 month old has decided to wake screaming at night for hours on end.
‘I am at the end of my tether and feel like I’m going to have a complete breakdown.’
Struggling: A mother revealed she is at the ‘end of her tether’ because her toddler won’t sleep. Other parents were quick to offer advice and reassured her she is ‘not alone’. File image
The post struck a chord with fellow parents who were quick to offer their ideas on how to tackle the problem. They also told the mother just how common it is.
One woman posted: ‘You’re not alone. My 20 month old daughter is exactly the same some nights. I think it’s when she’s teething or coming down with something, and sometimes it can last week’s. Just remind yourself that it won’t last forever.’
Another shared: ‘My son who is 27 months has been waking most nights and screams for mum or dad for the past 8 months and we have to go in there and sit with him until he goes back to sleep. Some nights this can take as long as 3 hours. Just letting you know you are not alone
Here, FEMAIL shares some of the most helpful tips suggested by the parents…
One mother pointed out that the size of the toddler’s cot might be an issue.
‘My daughter has always been a bad sleeper,’ she explained. ‘We tried everything and nothing seemed to work. So last month we changed her into a full single bed and she has slept most nights the whole night through.
One parent suggested using scent to create a calm and sleep-inducing environment.
She said: ‘Only one thing has worked for us and that is diffusing essential oils.’
‘I think she just needed more room. May be worth considering.’
Another asked whether the baby might be struggling with a feeling of abandonment.
‘Probably not the answer you’re looking for but have you tried taking her into your room for a night so she knows you are there and haven’t “abandoned” her?’ she suggested.
‘And maybe transferring her into her own bed before it’s time to get up so she’d used to waking up there? This is how I remember doing it with my little sister.’
Wide awake: The mother told how she struggled to get her baby back to sleep. File image
One mother pointed out that it might be down to teething and that a touch of medicine might help.
‘How many teeth does she have could be in pain maybe see if Calpol helps my 1 year old has been like this for a few weeks now,’ one mother wrote. ‘And then 3 teeth broke through within 2 days of each other and has been better since.’
‘Camping’ on the floor
Falling asleep alongside her daughter might do the trick, one mother wrote.
‘When my son was little I used to camp out on his bedroom floor until he went to sleep then sneak out,’ she posted. ‘It’s hard at first but after a couple of weeks he started sleeping through and has done since (he’s 4 now).’
She added: ‘Good luck, hope she settles soon for you.’