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    Harvs - might help to look at it from a total sleep per 24 hours perspective. At 2.5 your DS probably needs 12-13 hours per sleep per day. Try and find your DS's magic number.

    If it's 12.5 hours... If Ds wakes at 7am and has 1 hour day nap then your DS won't be going to sleep until at least 7:30pm. If you have a consistent wake time, and you know how much sleep your DS needs, then you can fiddle with the length of the day nap to get the bedtime you want.

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    I think it's 12.5 except that he has these random 3 hour sleeps when he's not at cc. I'm trying to work on 12.5 anyway. He was heaps tired tonight so I thought bedtime would be easy tonight. But he's still awake. Can you please explain the maths to me if I'm going on 12.5 hours? My head is swimming.

    He's had at least 6 hardcore meltdowns today so I'm over it tbh. I feel like walking oit and he can stay up all effing night if he wants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    I think it's 12.5 except that he has these random 3 hour sleeps when he's not at cc. I'm trying to work on 12.5 anyway. He was heaps tired tonight so I thought bedtime would be easy tonight. But he's still awake. Can you please explain the maths to me if I'm going on 12.5 hours? My head is swimming.

    He's had at least 6 hardcore meltdowns today so I'm over it tbh. I feel like walking oit and he can stay up all effing night if he wants.
    Can you plug in headphones whilst you put him to bed? I do that when I'm about to lose my temper cos miss 2.5yo has requested a toilet trip for the 5th time in 20min.

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    All I can offer is hugs as you have some great advice already and I don't think the advice I would usually give friends would work for you both.

    I really hope you find a solution. It's awful when their sleep (or lack there of) makes you want to throw in the towel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Squared View Post
    All I can offer is hugs as you have some great advice already and I don't think the advice I would usually give friends would work for you both.

    I really hope you find a solution. It's awful when their sleep (or lack there of) makes you want to throw in the towel!
    I'll take those hugs right now though. Thanks :-)

    He's finally just gone down at 9. There were tears and cuddles and kisses and 'I'm sorry/sowy's from both camps. Oh well, tomorrow's another day :-)

    R&A I have tried headphones before. I'm very good at ignoring when he's just acting out but today was just 0 to hysterical with sobbing and dry retching in like 10 seconds flat. Awful. If I left him screaming like that I'd probably have the cops on my door.

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    Random sleeps should decrease the more consistency with wake/nap/bed times increase. Stick to a routine and within a couple of weeks things will settle down

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    I'll take those hugs right now though. Thanks :-)

    He's finally just gone down at 9. There were tears and cuddles and kisses and 'I'm sorry/sowy's from both camps. Oh well, tomorrow's another day :-)

    R&A I have tried headphones before. I'm very good at ignoring when he's just acting out but today was just 0 to hysterical with sobbing and dry retching in like 10 seconds flat. Awful. If I left him screaming like that I'd probably have the cops on my door.
    Oh I so hear you! I think when you are in the midst of a sleep change, you just have to batten down the hatches and know it's going to be cr@p for a time - cr@p for him and for you and I know that for myself I have to really buoy myself up and get in the headspace to deal with the stuff.

    My advice would be to wake him again tomorrow at 6.30/6.45 and deep breaths and start again.

    I do promise you that consistency is the key (but not rigidity). Big huge hugs mama xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post

    I do promise you that consistency is the key (but not rigidity). Big huge hugs mama xx
    Double yep!

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post
    Oh I so hear you! I think when you are in the midst of a sleep change, you just have to batten down the hatches and know it's going to be cr@p for a time - cr@p for him and for you and I know that for myself I have to really buoy myself up and get in the headspace to deal with the stuff.

    My advice would be to wake him again tomorrow at 6.30/6.45 and deep breaths and start again.

    I do promise you that consistency is the key (but not rigidity). Big huge hugs mama xx
    Well said. I hope today is better for you.

    Btw just to make you laugh my two woke me up at 5am today fully dressed in daycare clothes insisting I take them there. On a freaking Sunday when I don't have to get up till 6am!!!! First sleep in all week!!!!

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    @harvs did your son chat to my dd2?

    She flat out refused her nap but my eldest slept 1.5hrs. I spent the whole time keeping her quiet so she could sleep.

    Argh!! Just the day I needed a nap.

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