DS (27mths) had a really bad night last night. Was awake for 4hrs between midnight and 4am. Woke at 7.30am, would not have day nap. Fell asleep on the floor about 4.30pm and is still asleep on the floor now at 7pm. Has not had dinner or bath yet. What should I do?
Wake him and feed/bath.
Try and transfer him to bed (he'll probably wake though)
Let him sleep on the floor until he wakes then feed/bath and try and get him to sleep some time before midnight.
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08-12-2013 18:09 #1
Help!!! What should I do to get toddler to bed
08-12-2013 18:50 #2
Hi a friendly bump- don't have any advice just curious to know what you chose to do....
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08-12-2013 19:00 #3
Ah yes the old late afternoon nap.... I would put DS to bed, and if he woke up, I'd bath him and feed him but put him back to bed after an hour. Your DS has sleep to catch up on so (presumably) fall back to sleep again at normal bedtime.
08-12-2013 19:11 #4
I would have kept him busy and not let him sleep or woken him straight up to do early dinner bath and bed by 6. Ds is 2.5 and is refusing day sleeps completely at the moment which means he is really tired byvthe evening so we get dinner bath and bed done earlier and quickly and tonight he was tucked up fast asleep at 6.30. He will sleep until 8ish tomorrow morning. I keep afternoons busy so he stays happy and awake
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08-12-2013 19:17 #5
A lot if toddlers go through this when they start dropping day naps - it only takes seconds for them to fall asleep of a late afternoon after a busy day and it's impossible to wake them! It's not a matter of not trying! Some days they just really still need that nap, and that's ok. DS has onetime s even fallen asleep at 4.40-5 and slept right through til morning!
08-12-2013 19:18 #6
I ended up putting him in bed. He didn't wake, poor little bugger was so tired. He isn't a very big dinner eater anyway and had a decent lunch so the lack of food may not bother him. I'm just worried about him not getting a nappy change. He's not dirty but may leak through. Oh well will deal with that if it happens.
08-12-2013 19:22 #7
08-12-2013 20:32 #8
If they are in a deep sleep sometimes you can change them while they are asleep, I did that to DS a couple of times when he crashed in the car or something and would not wake up.
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