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16mo ds taking 1.5 hours to settle at night, drop afternoon nap?

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bamboobutton Wed 03-Jun-09 10:36:58

until 3 weeks ago ds was a dream to get to sleep, i'd put him in bed, sing a song or read a book, kiss him goodnight and leave. he would play around in his cot and settle himself when he was tired. it was blissgrin

then we went to visit my mum and he wouldn't settle there meaning i had to stay with him until he fell asleep.

we have been home for 2 weeks now and he is taking over an hour to go to sleep, just lying there with his eyes open. if i try and leave he cries and cries until i come back.

ive tried keeping him up until 8pm which made no difference and im not sure what to do now.

should i cut back his afternoon nap to an hour? cut the afternoon nap altogether?


Turbomouth Wed 03-Jun-09 10:42:05

We had this problem a while back, but our ds was still needing a nap in the morning. So now, we've stopped the morning nap, meaning by 12ish he's ready for his nap. Lunchtime is early at 11.30, but by 12 he's shattered. I let him sleep for no longer then an hr and a half tops. By seven it's lights outsmile

Would this work for you?

bamboobutton Wed 03-Jun-09 10:45:51

i think it might, our routine is almost the same as yours. i'll cut nap time by half an hour for a few days and see what happens.

Turbomouth Wed 03-Jun-09 10:50:18

We tried the keeping him up later thing aswell, but I'm now convinced he was getting his second windhmm

Give it a go and just see what happens I guesssmile

dingledangle Wed 03-Jun-09 10:59:02

Have 15 month old who has a nap in the morning for couple of hours and then no nap in the afternoon. He goes to be about 7pm and off to sleep.

Perhaps your son is ready to drop the afternoon nap? Could try moving morning nap to later (as has been said) so has nap in the middle of the day and then can last until bedtime. (I would do this with my son but have to collect DD at lunchtime from preschool so not a possibility!!!). Also by having it in the middle of the day it does mean you have chance in the afternoon to be active with him so he is ready for bed. You could also juggle lunch around to fit with this.

Good luck

bamboobutton Wed 03-Jun-09 19:40:46

well, i cut his nap to 1 and a half hours and it took 35mins to get him to sleep tonight, so it's a bit better.

will give him an hour nap tomorrow and see how that goes.

thanks for your advicesmile

Turbomouth Wed 03-Jun-09 19:45:54

Brilliant. I'm so glad smile

However, mine has only just gone to bed after being assulted by Thomas The Tank Enginehmm

Turbomouth Fri 05-Jun-09 14:46:06

How are things going bamboobutton?

TheGabster Mon 22-Jun-09 13:19:09

Oooh oooh - please can you up-date bamboo as I have exactly the same problem and would love to hear that this is the answer.



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