my son just turned 2, hes NEVER been a good sleeper and ive lived with my family most of the time since hes been born so hes always slept with me (its the only way he would ever go back to sleep) now i know that was probably a mistake but i wasnt with anyone and it was just him and me in my bed and i figured its the only time in his life hes going to want to sleep with mommy. ne wayz my question is that if my son has any nap at all he wont go to bed until almost 10 to midnight and he gets really tired around 3 and i feel guilty trying to keep him up but if he doesnt have a nap he goes to sleep like an angel at 8 and sleeps all night and gets up at a reasonable hour, i dont know if he needs a nap at this point or not and i always feel so guilty. does anyone have any suggestions or similar problem? thanxAnswer Question
Answer by Iluvmygirlies42 at 10:46 PM on May. 8, 2009
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Answer by bradynsmom222 at 11:03 PM on May. 8, 2009
I went through exactly what you are talking about and have the same history with co-sleeping and a child who has never been a good sleeper. He turned two at the end of December, BTW. I found out that he really didn't know what time it was, lol. For the past few months, I found an awesome schedule that if someone had suggested, I would have laughed at them.
He wakes up at 6 a.m. no matter what. I take him to his bed at 10 a.m. for a nap and he goes right to sleep. He wakes up at 11 a.m. and that gets him through the afternoon very happy and not tired at all. Here's the kicker, that's made me a very happy mom. He went from going to bed at 10-11 p.m., to going to bed between 6 and 6:30 p.m., no lie! He does not act or look tired, but he goes right to sleep. I read something, somewhere, that said toddlers are tired waaaay before they show signs and that they sleep better with an earlier bedtime and it worked great for us. We skipped his nap the first day and did our bedtime routine at 5 p.m. and he was asleep by 6 p.m. The next day, we did the nap routine at 10 a.m. instead of 1 or 2 p.m. when he used to get deliriously tired.
Answer by Nathskitten at 11:06 PM on May. 8, 2009
Toddlers will go until they crash. If he won't go down for an early nap, just do quiet time for an hour, earlier in the day. I used to lay in bed with my kids & sing to them & read them books or tell them stories. Even if they didn't go to sleep, which they usually didn't, it let them recharge & got rid of the afternoon crankies.
Answer by carlye828 at 6:12 AM on May. 9, 2009