RE: 13 month old waking up screaming at odd hours during night screaming like he's being killed!
Yes, this started happening with dd around 13-14 months. Every couple of weeks or so she would suddenly wake up crying loud enough to wake the dead. It's not night terrors, because when we went in she was standing in her crib waiting for us. I think she is having nightmares. It's only happened 4 times total, but this is what we've tried. We pick her up and sit with her for a little until she calms down. Then we lay her back in the crib, pat her down, and sit by the crib. Dh also tried playing her little music toy, which has a soothing effect. For a while we tried laying down on the floor with her, but that doesn't work for me. As soon as she calms down she wants to play, or gets restless. The crib works best, and we just sit there next to it until she starts getting drowsy. Then we sneak out. If it happens early enough, she will go back to sleep, then wake somewhat close to her regular time. However, this week it happened at 5am, and she refused to go back to sleep. Luckily Dh gets up at 5:30, so he just let her hang out with him until he had to go to work. It did throw off her routine, but I think that's just par for the course. Luckily it doesn't happen all the time. BTW, when it does happen, we usually go in right away because it sounds so alarming, not like her usual "oh accidentally woke up now I'm pissed" cry. She can put herself back to sleep for those instances.
"Mommy, I need to put on my goggles, because I have too much energy."