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    Default No longer napping - overtired behaviour

    My 2 1/2 year old no longer has a day nap.

    This started about a month ago when we moved him out of his cot into a toddler bed.

    I fought the battle for a month but wasn't getting anywhere so I've now given up.

    He obviously still needs a nap though & his behaviour reflects this & honestly I'm really struggling.

    He's exceptionally strong willed anyway, combine this with being overtired & he's an absolute NIGHTMARE.

    Today for example, we have had tantrums almost non-stop since we got up this morning. We have tried distracting him with all different activities, including cooking & trains. Hasn't worked. So far we have had a full tub of yoghurt thrown across the room, an attempt at throwing a stool across the room (I managed to grab it just in time), lots of hitting & screaming etc.

    Neither of us know what to do with him anymore! Help!!!!

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    my DD also dropped her day nap when she moved from a cot to a bed. She was just over 2 y/o at the time. I ended up setting the portacot up in my bedroom and putting her in the portacot and we got another maybe 3 months of daytime naps out of her. Would something like that work?

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    It takes about a month but then they get used to it. Just hang in there and they learn to be awake for longer

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    My DD dropped her nap around the same age, but her behavior wasn't an issue (thankfully). It sounds like your DS still needs a nap of some sort, so could you try a walk in the pram or a drive? Even just half an hour would help. Would he nap if you lay with him? I used to make DD have quiet time for an hour every afternoon to give us both some rest/time to recharge. She never went to sleep but she would lay down and chat to herself or play with her sleep teddies.

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    He won't let me lie with him

    He won't & never has slept in the car or pram

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    Quote Originally Posted by allatsea View Post
    He won't let me lie with him

    He won't & never has slept in the car or pram
    Gah! Perhaps just a rest and/or watch a movie. And maybe an earlier bed time?

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    My son was the same. His day naps disappeared and his sleep at night went to ship as well. We ended up moving him back into the cot and it helped at night but he didn't go back to having day naps.

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    We are doing quiet time for an hour in his room already & have moved his bedtime forward by half an hour. It hasn't helped.

    I can literally count on one hand the amount of time he wasn't screaming about something today. I can't take much more screaming.

    I wish we could put him back into the cot, but he was climbing out & we thought he might hurt himself. We tried him in it with the side off but it was no different to the toddler bed - he can get out & play, run around the room etc. Even with a baby gate across the door he won't sleep.

    Night-time sleep is also becoming a problem

    We always struggle with his behaviour, have done for 18 months now, but with no nap this is just impossible. I'm about at breaking point. Hubby & I are screaming at each other.
    Last edited by allatsea; 19-02-2017 at 16:05.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allatsea View Post
    We are doing quiet time for an hour in his room already & have moved his bedtime forward by half an hour. It hasn't helped.

    I can literally count on one hand the amount of time he wasn't screaming about something today. I can't take much more screaming.

    I wish we could put him back into the cot, but he was climbing out & we thought he might hurt himself. We tried him in it with the side off but it was no different to the toddler bed - he can get out & play, run around the room etc. Even with a baby gate across the door he won't sleep.

    Night-time sleep is also becoming a problem

    We always struggle with his behaviour, have done for 18 months now, but with no nap this is just impossible. I'm about at breaking point. Hubby & I are screaming at each other.
    I took my son out of the cot because he could climb out and he broke his arm at the park. I didn't want him to climb out and break his other arm. It helped when he went back in as even though he was climbing out, he wasn't ready to move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allatsea View Post
    We are doing quiet time for an hour in his room already & have moved his bedtime forward by half an hour. It hasn't helped.

    I can literally count on one hand the amount of time he wasn't screaming about something today. I can't take much more screaming.

    I wish we could put him back into the cot, but he was climbing out & we thought he might hurt himself. We tried him in it with the side off but it was no different to the toddler bed - he can get out & play, run around the room etc. Even with a baby gate across the door he won't sleep.

    Night-time sleep is also becoming a problem

    We always struggle with his behaviour, have done for 18 months now, but with no nap this is just impossible. I'm about at breaking point. Hubby & I are screaming at each other.
    Having kids somewhat like that I can empathise.
    It doesn't really sound like usual behaviour considering his past too.
    Have you seen a doctor about the way things affect him?
    He could have sensory issues etc??

    My first was an absolute horrible sleeper. He was a lot like you describe your son. I had to hold him for day naps and he had to sleep with me at night. He has asd so therefor he has sensory issues. Thankfully around 18 months he started sleeping through the night.
    My kids all have special needs to some degree and I've had issues and still do have, with sleep.

    It sounds like the change has thrown him right off which is why I think of sensory because they like things to be the usual way.
    Maybe an occupational therapist can help?
    It does seem like something that could need outside help?

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