Help my 2 and half year old does not like to sleep

Enid - posted on 06/27/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My beautiful boy hates going to bed anytime. He fights his sleep and we are at a loss. We have done everything the books say. He also is very fickle with his food intake. I think it's relevant. He stays awake for 12 hours at a time and even longer. He is also taking of his nappy off in bed even with his full suit on. We put him to bed at 7.30pm and seriously he does not sleep until 9.30pm and later. I am going insane as he has never slept well since he was born so it's been 2 and half years of aaaargh.

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Elmarie - posted on 09/19/2012

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Hi Enid



I am a working mother and you just sound like me, my son is also 2 & a half now and believe it or not I long for a sleep for just one day at least. But this is just a stage or stages mothers have to go through with our little ones we love & adore so much we have to be patient with them even if we sometimes don't wont to. They can really make us maid crazy & at the same time we fall in-love with them all over again with their soft cuddly bodies & laughter isn't that a good feeling. I am smiling now cause no matter what or whether I cant get any sleep I will always love my baby & adore these times cause one day its hes turn and we can talk & have a great laughter about him. Good-luck hope you feel that way too and that you will find the advise you are looking for.

Renae - posted on 06/29/2010

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Hi Enid,

I think its time to try stopping day naps. When kids no longer need a day sleep there is usually a period of a few months where some days they need it and some they dont, just like when they transition from two to one day sleep. If he doesn't go to sleep until 9.30, then so be it, let him stay up until then. Sleep requirements among toddlers vary greatly, maybe he has a lower sleep requirement.

Enid - posted on 06/28/2010

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Thanks guys some great advice. Just one more thing, he is toilet trained but we put nappy on overnight. His nappy is still very wet in the morning. But one of the things he does for his exuses to be awake is 'wanting to go wee wee'. He's got the tricks down. The waking early I have tried but he still fights that sleep even when he is exausted. Maybe just giving in and leaving him to stay awake until 9.30pm...???

Llaura - posted on 06/28/2010

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O yeah and the diaper things is really common I agree might be time to potty train. My son at 2 1/2 also VERY fickle about food, just make sure he gets what he needs nutritionally, they outgrow this later usually at that age they have foods they like and are comfortable with, our nutritionist said to basically give them many opportunities to try things but let them have what they'll eat within reason and give him a multivitamin and/or juice that has veggies in it.

Llaura - posted on 06/28/2010

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My son has always fought sleep, at bedtime and naps. I remember him at 7 months old slamming his legs down on his mattress to try to stay awake when we would put him down. At 2 we would put him to bed and very quickly here Peter Pan start on his T.V. DVD. That got removed pretty quick. I really think some kids just aren't big sleepers. He is 5 now and we still have issues with it occasionally if he isn't being stimulated enough during the day or get's hyper before bedtime. My advice would be to start waking him up in the morning, don't let him be the one to get you up. If you want him to go to bed at 7:30 and he doesn't go to bed until 9:30 but gets up at 8 am start pulling him out of bed at 6:30. I know kinda a bummer for you, but it works because after a couple of days of this he'll be willing to go to bed earlier because he is tired. It worked for us, plus having that time at night after bedtime is so essential to not going crazy for me that I would rather get up before him and wake him up. Also you might try putting him in his room an hour or so before you actually want him asleep and letting him do quiet activities. He may just have a long winding down process and needs that 2 hours of bed prep time. So maybe let him have it but on your time frame instead of his.

Kathy - posted on 06/28/2010

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It may be time to start potty training-that will help with the diaper problem. He also may be outgrowing naps. If his natural sleep clock it set at 9:30, stop fighting and put him to bed at 9:30. If he gets sleeping good there, back the bedtime back. You will have to adjust what time he gets up in the morning acordingly. My son gave up naps early. It sucked for me and Dad. Once we got him going to bed and getting up consistantly at the same time-he began sleeping much better. Good luck!

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