OMG! Need help! Toddler refused to nap for 3 days & now his sleep is messed up!
Well saturday through to monday DS refused to nap. I don't know why. He has the same before nap routine everyday, dinner, stories, cuddles, nap & for some reason he refused to sleep. Monday DS was that shattered he fell asleep at 4:45pm for the night! He woke up a few times.. 4 times and then he was up for the day at 4am tuesday!! Anyway. I was gonna put him down for a nap after his 'nap time routine' & his nap is usually half 12. He was that tired he literally dropped to sleep at 11:45am. He's never that tired! He was stirable but I couldn't wake him fully. I obviously let him sleep & he woke at 1:30. He then wouldn't go to sleep until 7:45pm. Normal bedtime is 6:30 & he woke up at 4:30, singing, dancing, moaning, talking wanting to be up for the day. And at 7am he was tired again but refusing to nap! He has major bags under his eyes & u can tell he's tired. He looks completely shattered but he won't give in!
I know there's stubborn toddlers but come on now!! What on earth do I do?! I need to get his sleep back on track.. (Usually nap 12:30-2 & sleep 6:30-6am)
id keep him awake for the day and deal with the consequence and then put him to bed normal time tonight.
if he wakes up in the night or really early keep putting him back in his bed, even if he does not sleep, until a reasonable time to get up. dont give in.
then put him down for his nap at 12:30 ish and dont give in. even if he takes 2 hours to go down thats fine. but dont let him sleep later then 3 ish or bedtime will be messed up.
keep going and dont take any nonsense and he should be back on track
We're in a really similar situation at the moment! Elsbeths bed time is 730 and shes waking up anywhere between 5am and 6.30am, (she's waking up in the night as well)she's tired when she wakes up and just wants to lay on the sofa her naps are really messed up she'll only sleep for 45mins and then has a massive tantrum because she's still tired!
So last night when she woke up i left her for 20mins before going to see her, i'm going to keep doing this in the hope she'll go back to sleep on her own. I decided to stay in today so i can try and get back into a proper routine, ishe's just eating lunch and then i'm going to try for naptime at about 12.15....Wish me luck!!!
Oh and in future i'm going to make sure we are out of the house every morning in the hope that doing lots of things like toddler group/swimming/ the park/walking might tire her out!
Let me know how you get on, we might be able to help/support each other!
Cheers hun! We have SO many problems to overcome but I can't do it with a grouchy toddler & deffo haven't got the energy with getting up at 4am! Let me know how you get on. DS is just finishing his pudding now & then the nap time routine begins.. X
We just went through this a few months ago and his routine completely changed by his own accord. He just wouldn't nap on alot of days, we went 3weeks with no nap! We started doing loads more activities in the mornings and this helped. When he is tired we go for a drive, he falls asleep & then I either go home and lay him down or just go out and about letting him sleep in the pram. If we are at home for whatever reason and he isn't getting so tired out by toddler classes/soft play/park... then he has no nap and goes to bed a bit earlier. He needs 11-12 hours sleep in a day so he either sleeps 11-12 at night or 10.5 at night & 1-1.5hours during the day.
How did nap time go?
We had a success, she started yawning and rubbing her eyes at 12, i put her in her twinkle sleep bag thing and she headed straight upstairs and slept for 2 hours! Lets hope it continues!
I had exactly the same with Tom as eddJanuary10. He started refusing daytime naps at 23 months and we had a couple of weeks where he wouldn't sleep for me and even nursery struggled with him.
He's now settled in a new routine where he has around 11 1/2 hours sleep over 24 hours. This is either 10 hrs at night and 1 1/2 hrs in the day or no sleep in the day and he sleeps the 11+ hrs at night.
I tend to judge how he is each day - sometimes he falls asleep in the car and I move him to bed or he naps in the pushchair.
I'd guess your LO is getting to a stage where he's wanting to change his sleep pattern a bit. You could try a gro-clock for the early morning wakeups. Tom's has really helped him to get the idea of having to stay in bed till the sun comes up.
Well he's refusing naps at the weekend or if we are out he won't sleep. The other night it took an hour and 20 mins for him to go to sleep. When he woke in the night he wanted to go back to sleep in his own bed but I couldn't leave until he fell asleep 1hr 45mins later!!!
Last night it took him 25 mins to go to sleep & when he woke in the night he just came into my bed and was up at 6:30am.
So we are still all over the place really.. How about you? Xx
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