Sleep Trained 13 Month Old With Bad Separation Anxiety

We worked with a sleep coach to sleep train our 13 month old starting when she was about 5 months and it worked great. She was sleeping through the night, putting herself to sleep and self soothing herself. The past few weeks though, she has been waking up in the middle of the night and screaming until one of us goes into her room and holds her. She immediately calms down when we go in and then starts screaming again as soon as we put her back in her crib. We think she is having bad separation anxiety and we aren't sure what to do to get her past it. It sometimes goes on for two hours until she finally is able to get back to sleep. Has anyone else here experienced this? Any suggestions on how to get past this and get her sleeping through the night again? Thanks!


  • Natalie_Barnett_PhD
    Natalie_Barnett_PhD Member, Nanit Team, Expert

    @Chiller This is really tough! And so frustrating when she was sleeping so well! I would typically suggest that you go back to your sleep training method and implement that for a week to get her back on track. It should only taker her a few days to get back to sleeping through the night.

    Also, please know that when babies are reaching milestones, their sleep is very often disrupted for a few days. If she has recently started to walk (or looks like she might soon) this might be a reason for the sleep disturbances. Its a really easy time to slip into habits that you might not want long term. Another good reason to nip this in the bud now.

    Good luck!