I probably didn't explain myself probably with his naps. He will nap usually from 12:30-1:30 or there abouts. On other days when I have attempted to keep him awake all day he will fall asleep in a heap by 4pm, although that was a few months ago so now he is older it might be different.
We have the same bedtime routine every night with stories and a bath. I changed my going to sleep tactics a few times to try new methods but I always stuck with the same one for at least 5 consecutive days but it didn't make it any better.
Will try to be a bit firmer with his requests at bed time and make him stay put. He had day care today and will again tomorrow & Wednesday so I will wait until Thursday to attempt a no nap day.
Thanks all the for tips!
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15-07-2013 17:37 #11
15-07-2013 17:59 #12
We had this problem and is much better since DS dropped his nap. I also agree with lie there in the dark but no talking. DS gets one book, lights out, one story and then I will sing quietly till he goes to sleep if he wants me to otherwise I'm just silent. Any requests are met with "it's sleepy time". I don't mind cuddling him to sleep at all, I love it, but if it's taking ages I just say I'm off to do something and will be back in a few minutes.
15-07-2013 19:35 #13Senior Member
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Kiss and cuddle, favourite toy/comforter. Tuck in, say something the same everynight, like "shhhh goodnight and "i'll see you when it's morning, love you".
Are you doing different things on his daycare days to what your doing on his home days? Wether he's home or been at day care, id be constistant espically with his night bedtime routine regardless.
Be consistant and clear about what is happening before things happen. Let him be able to predict what happens at night time.
Only go into him if he's upset and reassure, i wouldnt give into getting him drinks or whatever. Be clear and consistant every time he wants you in there. Say the same thing "shhhh goodnight, i'll see you when it's monrning, love you". He may talk or 'grizzle' himself to sleep. Eventually, hopefully, he will get that you wont budge and this game he's playing is getting boring.
29-07-2013 19:57 #14
How are you going Mishh??
I am struggling with P. I don't want bedtime to be a scary thing... he won't sleep in his bed.. even if I spend 1-2 hours getting him to go to sleep in his bed, he wakes up hysterical a couple of hours later. When he wakes I have tried quietly resettling, ignoring and many other tactics.. even if he resettles, which can sometimes take an hour, he wakes again an hour or 2 later. So he has been in our bed.. because with a newborn aswell I don't have the energy to deal with him all night long.. seeing as nothing I try seems to work (yes I do stick it out for days at a time but with no improvement) My husband works nights, and with a newbie, I don't have the time to battle a toddler EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT on my own.
He doesn't always have a day sleep, and on the days he has no sleep, it doesn't matter what I do he crashes out by 5pm at the latest (and sleeps through) after being a cranky, overtired mess for a couple of hours. So he still does need a day sleep.
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