I would reduce the nap time and see if that helps. My DD could also nap for 2 hours but I would suffer at bed time if I let her! Unfortunately for us we had to get rid of the nap altogether because even a 20 minute nap would keep her up several hours.
I don't want to even think about how you would deal with two kids at bedtime! Argh! I would guess some kind of phase or teething. You could try and reduce nap time if you want though.
How communicative is he? Can you ask him what he wants? Does he say anything if you do?
He is pretty good at communicating but he just says "mummy cuddle". He did have a fever on the weekend so I thought he was sick but tonight it seems like he is testing the water a bit.
Thanks everyone. You might be right about the nap. I just thought he would cut them out himself. I also thought he might be too young to drop it...plus, it's so good when he has a nap!!!
I wouldn't necessarily think about immediately dropping the day sleep. At about the same age, both of my older kids went through the exact same thing. My daughter was probably the one I remember the most as it was seriously out of control - like you describe. She was 2 in March and it started just as she turned 2 and lasted a couple of weeks.
She's now gone back to normal thank goodness - she still has a day sleep anywhere from 1hr to 4hrs some days and then is in bed and asleep by 7.30 for 12 hours.
I'd be more inclined to question the routine, or more the fact you say it's "not always in that order". It's hard with little ones when you have a baby ... I have a 6mth old as well as my two older ones (3yr8m, 2yr 4m) and some days it is just plain hard! But .... my two older ones really really play up if their routine isn't consistent. So even it means carting the baby around with me, or putting bub in a carrier or pram to come along, the routine is never (or very rarely) broken. Can hubby help out with bubba or with continuing the routine with your son each night?
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We'll last night was hell. After he went down he woke 2hrs later and was awake for another 3hrs. He was screaming and throwing himself around. He was saying "no, no, no". I couldn't get any other information out of him. It was so difficult and I ended up in tears (not in front of him). It seems like he is over tired and can't sleep because he is so tired. I have no idea.
We will try to keep a tight routine DH can help.
My daughter is very verbal and about that age she started feeling scared in her room at night, she would say she saw a snake in her cupboard or a dog in her room and wanting one of us to stay with her while she went to sleep.
I got her a string of fairy lights to leave on while she went to sleep so her room was bright and that helped.
But yes, we also ended up dropping the day sleep not much over 2 as she was obviously not tired at all at bedtime.
OP i feel for you, my DS is 2 years 4.5 months and I am going through the exact same thing, and its been going on for a few weeks now. It's like he is wired and on a high from 6pm onwards! I am trying everything, even banning anything with any sugar after midday. But that's not working either, makes no difference... I might have to consider dropping his day nap... but he gets so tired and needs it still. Im lost too. You're not alone!
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