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Jake has been refusing to nap. He throws a full on, hitting, kicking, back arching, screaming, crying fit. Yesterday it lasted for a solid 2 hours, with additional outbreaks off and on all night until he finally passed out at 8pm.

He needs to nap (obviously) but I'm about at wit's end on figuring out how to get him to do it. Some days he'll fight for 20 minutes or so and then pass out. But other's - like yesterday - there is just NO WAY it's going to happen. On those days we're both exhausted by the end of the day.

I've tried not trying to get him to nap at all. I've tried getting him to nap earlier or later. Tried wearing him out in the morning.

I'm pretty sure it's just a phase, but the last couple of weeks have been hell. To make matters worse, he's fighting a cold so he's all congested and doesn't sleep real well at night so he needs the nap to make up for it.

Ideas are welcomed, but mostly I'm just ranting to people who might understand. LOL Luckily, it seems to be just the napping issue that sets him off. Although he pitched a pretty good fit when I put cheesy poofs in the basket at the grocery store and wouldn't give him any.

How's everybody else doing with the 19 month old set?


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Dec. 31st, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Henry stopped napping about six months ago. He occasionally falls asleep during the day, but his twice a day routine naps have flown out the window. He's been having a bit of disturbed sleep lately, but he's also been having a huge language development spurt so I think he's just working stuff out.

Maybe we are too laid back, but we've kind of just rolled with his natural sleep patterns.
Jan. 1st, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
Does he have a hard time when he doesn't sleep during the day? Jake gets miserable if he doesn't nap, so it's obvious to me that he still needs the sleep.
Jan. 1st, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
He will fall asleep if he's dog tired, we don't stop him taking naps. But we don't force him to keep to a schedule, either, except bedtime. If he's had a bad night sleep he can be ratty, all right.

Why not give him a week to see what kind of sleep needs he has and then adapt? Maybe just have a quiet time together at 'naptime' but don't make sleep an issue?
Jan. 1st, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
I generally try not to force him to do anything. And I haven't been forcing the nap issue, just going through our normal pre-nap routine, which sets him off. Once he's going, he either passes out after a little bit or he cries for hours no matter what I do. That's why I think this is just a phase coupled with the cold. He's just miserable by late afternoon without a nap. Today he fell asleep on the couch.

So maybe that's the answer *headdesk*. I just won't go through any pre-nap routine and see if he'll continue napping on his own.
Jan. 1st, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
It could just be frustration about not knowing what he wants, or being tired and not wanting to sleep...typical terrible two behaviour, five months early!
Jan. 1st, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, we're probably all getting the 'terrible twos' right about now...Eve is asserting her independance to do things on her own coupled with frustration at not being able to do it perfectly the first time resulting in tantrums that leave my ears ringing. She is also super frustrated at not being able to communicate everything she wants to yet, leading to more angry screams when we don't get what she wants and do the 'wrong' thing.
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