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 on: March 20, 2014, 11:18:44 AM 
Started by jln1219 - Last post by jln1219
Hi there!  My 2.5 year old is going through a funky nap phase right now.  About 2 months ago she started to do the same thing, although not as bad as right now and then went back to her regular napping.  Last time she would skip a nap once a week and some days take up until 2/3 to fall asleep for her nap, then about 2 weeks later she just went back to her normal 1-3 nap.

This time around she is skipping her naps at least 3x a week and on other days she is taking up until 2/3pm to fall asleep.  The only days she falls asleep at 1 is a day after she skipped her nap the day before.  She is becoming extremely irritable these last few days and I know she is completely exhausted.

I have been waking her in the morning at 7am for over 2 months now because I noticed that if she slept later (730/8) it made naps very difficult.  I put her down at 12:45 every day and before she used to be asleep by 1:30 the latest.  When she falls asleep at 2 or 3 I wake her by 330/345.  I always do bed at 7:45 pm even on the days when she skips naps because I found that if I do early bedtime on those days she will not nap again the next day.  I feel like she is getting maxed out on night sleep sometimes and then her drive to nap is very low.  I think if she does more than 11 at night she will not sleep.

Should I be limiting her nap to 1.5 hours and see if that helps?  I am not sure what to do at this point, but it seems she still needs her naps because she is getting very cranky and I want to hold on to nap time as long as possible--figures this happens when I am due with baby #2 in 4 weeks!  I always leave her in her crib up to 2 hours even if she doesn't sleep.


 on: November 13, 2013, 12:40:09 PM 
Started by jln1219 - Last post by jln1219
Anyone?  It seems like she will fall asleep every other day at 1 and take a good nap.  The following day after a good nap (2hrs or 2.5) she will take forever to fall asleep.  Today she's going on 45 mins of talking and I'm betting she won't fall asleep until 2 or later !

 on: November 11, 2013, 01:17:32 PM 
Started by jln1219 - Last post by jln1219
Hi, My 27 month is a very consistent napper up until now. I have always put her down at 115pm for about 8 months and she normally fell right asleep at 130 and would sleep until 330/4.

Now 2 weeks ago our problem started where she would take 2 sometimes 2.5 hrs to fall asleep. She just sits in her crib and talks and sings.  She always falls asleep at some point though if I leave her long enough and she doesn't cry.  This started happening 2-3 weeks ago and then I started capping her nap at 330 and that seemed to help for a couple weeks.  Now again this week she is back to taking 1-2 hours to fall asleep.  Since the time change she has been waking at 7am (before she was waking 730/745).  The last two days I have been putting her down at 1pm since I read that Deb said to push back nap so it is not so late.  This isn't helping.  1 day it worked and the rest she is still taking up to an hour to fall asleep.  Today she fell asleep at 2.

What should I be doing to help her?  She still obviously needs to nap because she is a mess when she falls asleep and I have to wake her.  I wake her by 330 even if her nap starts late, should I be doing this or should I let her sleep 2 hours no matter what since this is what it seems like she needs to stay rested.

A typical day when she was napping well was
wakeup 7/730
nap 130-330
bed 745 asleep by 815

Is it ever a good idea to push nap later?  I keep thinking maybe she needs a 130 put down for nap since it is taking her so long to fall asleep in the first place.  Please let me know any suggestions, I am starting to get frustrated.

 on: January 27, 2013, 12:01:56 PM 
Started by jln1219 - Last post by jln1219
Anyone??  Her naps are getting shorter every day!  She is also a little sick so I'm not sure if that's what is making her so overtired!  She was so tired yesterday she went to bed at 5:30 and slept until 6:15!!

Then today only did a 20 min nap and woke up coughing !  Ahhh

 on: January 26, 2013, 12:19:38 PM 
Started by jln1219 - Last post by jln1219
Hi there!

I'm hoping to get some help with my 17.5 month olds naps.  We have been on one nap now for over 2 months.  She goes down for her nap btw 12/12:30 depending on what time she wakes.  Most mornings she wakes at 6:30 and goes down around 12:15.
But she wakes anywhere btw 6:15-7.
Her nap lengths vary day to day anywhere from 1.25-2.5.  She seems to go in cycles where her naps get short for 2 weeks then long again!  Is this normal?  Will her naps ever become consistent?  Should I at this point do a nap at 12:30 no matter what so u can try to get a later bt?
The last few days she is starting to wake up after 30 mins crying and then goes back to sleep.  Her naps are becoming fragmented for some reason and she is waking unhappy.
I have been putting her down earlier around 11:45 to see if that helps but it doesn't always.
I'm just so confused at this point what time her nap should be.  I base it on what time she wakes because it seems like if she is up too long it is nearly impossible to get a good nap!

I always am very conservative with bt.  I have been doing 3.5-4 to bed depending on how well her nap went.  Doesn't seem like we have had bed later than 6 in a while.  It just seems like her naps are getting worse instead or improving and I thought that at this point things may be going better.  Reading the other posts I see a lot of other moms mentioning these 1.25 naps is that because its a sleep cycle and they are too ot to get through it so they wake up??
Please help!

 on: December 10, 2012, 04:33:40 PM 
Started by Katienanasy - Last post by Katienanasy
Hi!  Gosh it's been awhile since I've been on here, you sleep warriors were instrumental in my sons good sleep habits when we first started all this (thank you!!) so I thought I would ask a few questions about this next phase!
He currently still takes his morn nap (9-9:30-11:45-11:30), I never let him sleep past 11:30, am wondering if even that is too late (more on that later).  Afternoon nap anywhere from 1:40-2:30 and he never sleeps past 4:30....again wondering if that's too late as well.  Bed is anywhere from 6-7:30 depending (usually 3 hrs from end of second nap).
So that's average for us.  However there are days where either the morn or afternoon nap haven't happened (not often) I can push him to have 1 nap if we have mid morn plans, and its generally not too rough on him, but given that he generally does take both his naps each day & doesn't often wake at night (if he does, he plays a bit & goes back to sleep), given this, I'm wondering if its time to push to 1 nap or stick at 2...and if so, for how long?
Let me tell you about last weeks schedule really quick bc that is mainly what's spurring my questions.  Tues & wed were 1 nap days.  Tues bc he played for an hr at 9-10 instead of napping....subsequently going down at 12 for his 1 nap of the day.  Wed we had morn plans, nap was 11:30 (little mini meltdown right before, clearly exhausted & poor mood the rest of the afternoon). Here's where I wonder about his schedule.  He had been waking btw 6:40-7:15 for the day for about 4 months then all of a sudden Friday (there were 2 naps again on Thursday) he woke at 5:30 am....then again 5:30 on sat (after 2 naps Friday as well), and from there we've been taking the 2 naps but waking at 6.
Question--do the early morn wakeups mean he's getting too much day sleep?  It really seemed to start after the two days of 1 nap.  What's hard is clearly its much harder to push him to that 11:30-12 nap if he's waking an hour and a half earlier!?!
Sorry for the rambling.  I've been a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to his sleep schedule bc he desperately needed the consistency when he was little, and although he's more flexible now, I want to make sure I'm giving him what is best!
Advice would be much appreciated, thank you so much!

 on: November 19, 2012, 06:40:30 PM 
Started by SYawn - Last post by jln1219
Sywan, just wondering how it worked out for you? I'm going through the same thing!

 on: November 19, 2012, 10:38:19 AM 
Started by jln1219 - Last post by jln1219
Hi everyone!  My baby is 15 months and we switched to one nap a day 2 months ago and are still struggling to get on a good schedule.

She wakes anywhere between 5:45-6:45 every day and at first I was doing an 11:45 nap no matter what for about a month.  Most days she was waking after an hour 15 mins very unhappy and unable to go back to sleep.  The mornings where she woke at 6:45 she was able to make it to 11:45 more easily and slept 2-2.5 hrs and woke happy.  After doing the 11:45 nap for a month or more I decided to put her down 5 hrs after she woke cause that seems to be what she can handle.

Lately she is waking almost every day at 6am and goes down at 11am and sleeps until 1.  I cannot figure out how to get her to noon and a nap ending at one I'd really hard to get a decent bedtime. I end up putting her to bed at 6/6:30.  I would love to get her on a 12-2 and 7 pm bedtime but I'm not sure that will ever happen at this point.

I am getting really discouraged and frustrated as this has been going on for 2 months now.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Also when I was keeping her up from 6-11:45 she was having a really hard time falling asleep as well even though she never has in the past which leade to think noon is too late for her.

I think she is very sensitive to the amount of time she is awake and it seems like if she is up even 10 mins too long she will have a really hard time falling asleep and staying asleep.

 on: September 10, 2012, 04:27:44 PM 
Started by Umm.zayaan - Last post by Umm.zayaan
So sorry to post again but it helps calm my nerves.  I went for the 5pm bedtime but again he clung on to me, wouldn't let me put him down.  So I held him and sang a little longer and put him down 5:15ish and I think he was so tired he didn't realize until I put him down that I was letting go.  Now he's standing and screaming.

I'm sure someone else has experienced this.  I guess I want to make sure this clinging this doesn't mean something's wrong, he's in pain or he's afraid... just that he wants to sleep in my arms because he's so tired.  Which I can't let him get in the habit of...

 on: September 10, 2012, 11:39:57 AM 
Started by Umm.zayaan - Last post by Umm.zayaan

My 16-month-old transitioned to one nap about two months ago.  So far, it's been a relatively smooth ride.  For the most part, he sleeps 6-6, and naps at 12.  I meant to push that nap to 12:30 but was hesitant to rock the boat.  A couple of weeks ago, the nap actually started lengthening to 90-120 minutes, which was awesome.  And he started sleeping in later as well. 

Then it randomly started getting bad one morning - he woke up at 5:45.  And since then, it's just gotten worse.  On Saturday he would NOT let me put him down for a nap at noon.  I mean when I would try to put him in his crib, he'd hold on to me for dear life, very drowsy and obviously wanting to sleep.  I figured he was overtired and I would just let him fall asleep in my arms and put him down this once.  I did a 5:30 bedtime and he woke up at 4:50 the next morning and would NOT go back to sleep!  Was very happy when I finally went in to him at 6am though.  I bumped his nap up to 11:30, he went down easily and slept until 1:10 or so.  Then I did a 5:30 bedtime again and he woke up at 5am this morning.  I tried for an 11:30 nap once more and again he held on to me very tightly.  He's down now, but only after falling into deep sleep in my arms.

Questions are:

1) The clinging at naps - is that a sign of overtiredness?  I'm going to do a 5pm bedtime tonight.  Should that fix this?  I would hate to go through nap training all over again.  Sad 

2) What should I do about nap timing when his wake-up time is so insanely early nowadays?  I know I'm going backwards... I should have been moving to 12:30 and instead now I'm back at 11:30 so as to keep him from getting too overtired to go down for his nap.

3) What do I do about the clinging?  I can put him down, walk out and let him cry... that's hard enough.  BUt am I actually supposed to PRY him off me and put him down and walk away?  That feels so cruel.  And he's already so upset at that point when I try to put him down that I doubt he'll actually calm down and go to sleep.  Has anyone dealt with the physicality of this?

Thanks in advance,

Sana (Umm.Zayaan)

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