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amother




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Post  Wed, Jul 01 2020, 11:37 pm
He’s 2.
I put him in His crib and he won’t necessarily fall asleep right away.
Sometimes he’ll talk or call out to me to come get him (sometimes he’ll cry for a few minutes but eventually stops if I don’t come)

Is it ok for him to be up for hours himself, if he’s content?
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amother




Copper
 

Post  Wed, Jul 01 2020, 11:38 pm
What on earth could the problem be with that??
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Tzutzie




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Jul 01 2020, 11:53 pm
Maybe he is not tired enough?
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amother




Hotpink
 

Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 12:01 am
Is it 6 hours since he woke up from his nap? Does he have enough wake time to be tired?

I don’t know if this is a good or bad idea- putting a CD player in his room and he listens? Might make things worked though
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amother




Burgundy
 

Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 12:18 am
If he is still napping during the day, drop his nap. He shouldn't have to lay in his crib awake for hours. He might be a little cranky towards the end of the day with no nap, but you can move his bedtime up a bit (what time do you put him to bed?) and then he should hopefully fall asleep within minutes.
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amother




Teal
 

Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 12:44 am
amother [ Burgundy ] wrote:
If he is still napping during the day, drop his nap. He shouldn't have to lay in his crib awake for hours. He might be a little cranky towards the end of the day with no nap, but you can move his bedtime up a bit (what time do you put him to bed?) and then he should hopefully fall asleep within minutes.


I agree
He should not be awake until n crib for that long
1hour tops
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amother




Jetblack
 

Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 5:49 am
Had it with my oldest, it was insane, she lay in bad for hours (stopped daytime naps at 18 months) and was tired in the morning. Eventually at age 4 she was put on some natural sleep aid-cyto night and will still use it sometime. She thinks a lot and that keeps hef awake at night.
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Success10




 
 
 
 

Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 6:06 am
Is he still napping? It's probably time to drop a nap. Or drop the nap if he's only napping once. The transition takes time. If that still yields no results, I'd consider melatonin.
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amother




Orchid
 

Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 8:33 am
My son was like this. He gave up his nap at like 18 months old but would always lie awake for hours at night. When he was old enough to communicate he'd tell us he was trying to fall asleep but couldn't. We didn't start giving him melatonin hntil he was 7 or 8. Wish we had started earlier. He's a different person when he gets enough sleep. He had sensory issues, attention issues, tantrums. You name it. Still crops up when he doesn't sleep enough. Presents as an adhd trype disorder. But really. Sleep deprivation Banging head

ETA: he's 12 now
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amother




Puce
 

Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 9:04 am
I wouldn’t leave my toddler lying awake for so long.
Do you check on him/her? Does he have a drink ? Every child should have access to water in their crib. ( sippy cup etc)
Do you check his diaper to see if it’s wet?
If he cries definitely go in - that means he isn’t content.
If it still persists speak to your pediatrician.
Good luck
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amother




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Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 12:40 pm
amother [ Hotpink ] wrote:
Is it 6 hours since he woke up from his nap? Does he have enough wake time to be tired?

I don’t know if this is a good or bad idea- putting a CD player in his room and he listens? Might make things worked though


No more like 3-4.
He goes to nap around 12. It’s 1240 and I hear him breathing and Moving around so he’s still awake.
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amother




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Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 12:42 pm
amother [ Burgundy ] wrote:
If he is still napping during the day, drop his nap. He shouldn't have to lay in his crib awake for hours. He might be a little cranky towards the end of the day with no nap, but you can move his bedtime up a bit (what time do you put him to bed?) and then he should hopefully fall asleep within minutes.


He likes his nap.
He knows he goes there immediately after lunch. (He tells me)

He’s usually cranky in time for his nap. Even if he doesn’t fall sleep Right away, “resting” in his crib it calms him somehow.

He goes to sleep around 7 but it’s not a hard and fast rule.
Sometimes it’s 730.
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amother




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Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 12:45 pm
Success10 wrote:
Is he still napping? It's probably time to drop a nap. Or drop the nap if he's only napping once. The transition takes time. If that still yields no results, I'd consider melatonin.


He’s definitely napping.

Why would I give melatonin, he does goes to sleep
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amother




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Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 12:47 pm
amother [ Puce ] wrote:
I wouldn’t leave my toddler lying awake for so long.
Do you check on him/her? Does he have a drink ? Every child should have access to water in their crib. ( sippy cup etc)
Do you check his diaper to see if it’s wet?
If he cries definitely go in - that means he isn’t content.
If it still persists speak to your pediatrician.
Good luck


He has water. He’ll me if he needs a diaper change.

If I go in, he gets worked up that I should take Him out & start really crying and screaming, which makes me 😢

He tries to say things he knows will crack me up and I’ll come.

But if I leave him. Talking & calling, he’ll go to sleep.
(He has books toys and water)
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amother




Teal
 

Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 12:47 pm
amother [ OP ] wrote:
He’s definitely napping.

Why would I give melatonin, he does goes to sleep


For the night-
Isn’t that when he’s laying awake for hours?
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amother




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Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 12:48 pm
amother [ Orchid ] wrote:
My son was like this. He gave up his nap at like 18 months old but would always lie awake for hours at night. When he was old enough to communicate he'd tell us he was trying to fall asleep but couldn't. We didn't start giving him melatonin hntil he was 7 or 8. Wish we had started earlier. He's a different person when he gets enough sleep. He had sensory issues, attention issues, tantrums. You name it. Still crops up when he doesn't sleep enough. Presents as an adhd trype disorder. But really. Sleep deprivation Banging head

ETA: he's 12 now


But he does fall sleep (eventually)
He still naps every day.
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amother




OP
 

Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 12:51 pm
amother [ Teal ] wrote:
For the night-
Isn’t that when he’s laying awake for hours?


Sometimes both. Usually it’s only at night, though.
For example today he has no interest in taking a nap now. (It May be because neighbors are making a ruckus)

At night - he’s usually sleeping by 830.
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amother




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Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 1:23 pm
He finally fell asleep for his nap.
After yapping and singing and calling to me Smile
I went in to check in him 1/2 hour ago.
I wouldn’t let him sleep past 330.
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amother




Puce
 

Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 1:39 pm
If he calls you that his diaper is wet and you don’t go in how does that help? I f he is taking a longer then 2 hour nap at 1230 he won’t be tired by 7:30 . When my 2 year old takes that type of nap he can’t got to sleep until 9.
Maybe try to do do a great bedtime routine ( bath, 2 minute massage with lotion, book, Shema, songs, talking about his day) when you are doing the bedtime routine dim the lights in your house so he is cued that bedtime is coming.
Make sure his pajamas are comfortable and the temperature in his room is comfortable.
When he calls you I would check on him as you never know a slight fix to what he needs can be the answer ( a quick hug, diaper change etc) to help him settle. Good luck!
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tothepoint




 
 
 
 

Post  Thu, Jul 02 2020, 1:59 pm
amother [ OP ] wrote:
He finally fell asleep for his nap.
After yapping and singing and calling to me Smile
I went in to check in him 1/2 hour ago.
I wouldn’t let him sleep past 330.


If he wakes up from his nap at 330 of course he will not be tired at 730.

How about bumping up his nap to 12:30 to get him to be more tired so he’ll hopefully fall asleep right away, then wake him up at 2.

Some kids are ready to drop their nap at this age, but it seems like he’s not ready yet so I would shorten it then.
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