Desperately crying for help!

Bre - posted on 03/09/2011 ( 49 moms have responded )

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Hey mommies!
My names Bre. My little one used to sleep 10 to 12 hrs a night without waking up at all!!!
I swear, its like she doesnt ever want to sleep now... she will be 3 in May. She takes late naps. I cant get her to take early naps anymore. Yesterday she took a nap at 5pm and I didnt want her to sleep her full 2hr nap, so I did wake her up after sleeping 1hr. She was finally in bed around 11pm!! Im expecting baby #2 right now, so by 10pm Im exhausted!! She has been waking up almost everynight crying.... she will cry until I go in to her room! She layes there and cries "mommy come here"! Im getting so frusterated with her sleeping schedule and need help!! I dont know if shes been waking up from a scary dream...or is she afraid to be alone in her room?... I just dont know why she has been waking up in the middle of the night and going to bed so late! Like I said she was in bed last night around 11pm and we woke up at 8am!! Do any of you wonderful mothers have any ideas for me?!

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Maggie - posted on 03/10/2011

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hey I am sure some one else has said this but I understand how important it is for mom that baby takes nap. so what we started with our daughter was she didnt have to sleep she just had to have quiet time. she would go in her room and play quietly, read etc. she even started cleaning her room while she is in there!! then we moved bed time up to 730 and she wakes 7-8 am. try quiet time around noon and an earlier bed time and see what happens.

also diet has a lot to do with the hyperness of our little ones. Most children eat and drink way more than needed. so try no sugar, juice, soda, fruit etc after 5 and see if that helps the little one wind down. good luck!!!!

Trish - posted on 03/11/2011

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I run a private daycare I have 6 children in care currently on and off over the week all of them have naps for 2 to 3 hours in the afternoon and all of them sleep thru the night, cutting out day sleeps generally makes it worse, getting good sleep in the day helps with children getting good sleeps at night I know people think its the opposite, my suggestion is before cutting the day sleep get into a really good routine

1. get your child up around 7, 7:30 at the latest (she might sleep in at the moment cos she isnt going to bed at a decent our and usually they say let them sleep but wake her)

2. have an active morning walks painting collages, block building not the tv children that watch alot of tv sleep less maybe let her watch one show only in the morning

3. put her to bed around 12 after lunch, if she is moaning she isnt tired give her a book but no toys

4. wake her up by 3 at the latest

5. after dinner it needs to be quiet wind down time so 6 onwards like baths and stories not tv tv stimulates children no tv after 6

6. Put her to bed around 7 read her a book or 2 if she is moaning after the stories then give her a couple to read to herself then go in at 7:30 tuck her in say goodnight giver her a kiss turn out the light In general she should be asleep by 8 after the mucking around getting in and out of bed between 7:30 and 8 just keep putting her back into bed without getting into conversations.

7. Dont pander to her best routine is max 5, 5-1/2 hours awake 2 hour sleep, max 5, -5-1/2 hours awake 11 - 12 hours sleep

e.g - up at 7am, nap 12-2, back to bed at 7pm/7:30 (generally aleep 8 at latest) 11 hour sleep overnight.



If your daughter isnt active tho and is watching alot of tv this wont work children need to burn energy to want to sleep I manage to get a 22 month old a 2 year old and 3, 3 year olds to sleep every day monday thru friday and this is the routine the parents and I all use. I have also successfully used it for the past 4 years that i have run a daycare

Remember change of seasons can also results in children waking thru the night.

And yes i agree maybe a night light or leaving the hall light on with door not fully closed but in general children say they are scared thristy hungry etc etc

Also maybe after a week get her a reward like she gets to pick a new pair of jammies for being in a good routine or gets a yummy breakfast like pancakes

Lisa - posted on 03/09/2011

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According to babycenter.com, a 3 year old needs a total of 12 hrs of sleep per day (preferably 10.5 hours at night and a 1.5 hour nap). So if you want her to sleep 8-8, that would indicate no nap. My son stopped taking naps shortly after his second birthday and the only thing that keeps both of us sane is an enforced quiet time where we both sit and "read" for at least 30 minutes up to 2 hours.

Katie - posted on 03/14/2011

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At three years old my son didn't have daytime naps anymore. He would go to bed at 7.30 and sleep for a full 12 hours. Both my kids no that bedtime is bedtime and if they cry they cry. This may seem hard but both now go to bed and go to sleep with no problems. If you dont sort out your three year old before your second comes along you will be up twice as many times in the night for both children. If you think she needs a morning nap put her to bed and keep doing so till she goes to sleep. Do not interact with her at all. Time for bed and thats all. The same at night time. You can go in but sooth her and leave, don't stay or she will go on to think this is what she has to do to get cuddles from mummy.
Good luck and hope this helps.

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Kat - posted on 03/16/2011

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None of mine have taken naps much after turning 2 (I'm expecting #6 any day now). My two-year-old now spends "quiet time" in his room every afternoon but rarely lays down at all. BUT he goes to bed by 8pm and doesn't get up until at least 7am.

The key is consistency. Pick a time that you think is reasonable (for our family, it's 7pm) and start the bedtime routine at that time EVERY NIGHT. Do whatever it is you do, then lay your daughter down, walk away and close the door. Don't go back in. It will take several nights for her to go to sleep without crying and yelling, but it's not going to hurt her.

As for naps, I agree with what many others have said: cut them out. But I would suggest developing a "quiet time" routine once a day (preferably in the early afternoon, when your pregnant body needs the most rest) as you prepare for another little one. You might let your daughter play alone in her room or watch a video while you relax.

Rewarding good behavior with a sticker chart has helped us, too. Oh, and, ya know, Chuck E. Cheese offers free tokens for good behavior: http://www.chuckecheese.com/promotions/r...

Good luck and God bless!

Teresa - posted on 03/16/2011

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Like the other moms have said i would cut out the nap, if she falls asleep at 5 wake her up. She will prolly be mad but she will get over it in no time. I also got a little routine started with my daughter before bedtime. Mine is 4 and use to be the same way. And alot of times she may be calling you into the room just to put off going to sleep. Ask her if she is having a bad dream or what is wrong. Mine use to ignore me and say nothing. Hope this helps some. :)

Nadine - posted on 03/16/2011

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My daughter will be 2 in a little over a month and for over a month now I have had to cut out her naps. Not that she was really taking one anyway. She kind of decided on her own that she didnt need or want them anymore. She generally gets up around 8 am and goes to bed at 9 pm. If she does fall asleep during the day I never let her sleep more then half an hour or I will be up till midnight with her. She too always slept through the night until we moved 2 months ago but we already had a night light in her room so we tried a very low watt lamp and that worked from night 1 and she is back to sleeping through the night. We figured it was that her new room was bigger so the old night light wasnt bright enough. Good luck.

Kelly - posted on 03/15/2011

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my rule is to never let my children sleep passed 4pm and they are in bed by 8:30.this means naps must be taken right after lunch, that is what works best for me.lets clean our plates and get ready to take a nap!

Caitlyn - posted on 03/15/2011

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Nadia -Thats too cute!
My eldest has some "monster" nights.
But i tell her that our dog and cat are out patrolling the house for monsters and wont let any get near her. They'll protect her. She laughs and lays right down.

Caitlyn - posted on 03/15/2011

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My eldest did the same thing when i was pregnant.
It was so bad that at 8months pregnant i had to camp out on her floor so that she would sleep. Worst part was i was living in a basement.
She seemed to snap out of it pretty fast after the baby came though. Maybe she's sensing anxiety or something.
Maybe try cutting out naps, waking her up earlier or trying to exhaust her with activities durring the day so that she's ready for bed. Maybe a walk since the weather is getting nicer.. or helping around the house with a few chores. something to liven her up when she gets low for that nap. With my 3yr old its a craft. As soon as i crack out her paints, crayons, what have you, shes awake!
Good luck!

Cecily - posted on 03/15/2011

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When my daughter did that, I stopped giving her naps. Now she goes to bed around 8. It is hard to break the nap habit, but once it is done..it means peace for you. Good luck.

Renee - posted on 03/15/2011

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I'd say cut out naps all together. It worked for my son who will also be 3 in May. He only seems to take naps in a moving vehicle. I am personally a member of the tough love club. When my kids started to abuse the " not wanting to go to bed at night" routine. I put up a gate in their door way and let them have their fit. After a couple nights they finally gave up and crawled in bed and went to sleep on their own. It was hard at first but I was getting to worn out night after night. If they kept going after a half hour, id go put them back in bed, snuggle with them and tell them i love them. It worked for my 3 , maybe you can try that. Like I said tho, it is not easy, but usually works.

Nadia - posted on 03/15/2011

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All kids go through different phases, but that doesn't make it any easier! by the time my daughter was 3 she didn't nap anymore at all... otherwise she would be up til midnight. so maybe she is done with napping... plus, my daughter would also sleep in a little longer after we cut out her naps :)

As for waking in the night... well she could be afrad of monsters (my daughter is) so we have "monster spray" take an old spray bottle and fill it with some water and a few drops of nice-smelling essential oil (lavender is good cuz it also is soothing) and label it Monster Spray or sosmething. Let her use it before bed anywhere in her room that frightens her. Or if its the dark she 's afraid of go together and let her pick out a nightlight that will keep the "ghosts" (or anything scary) away. Or perhaps some soothing music while she goes to sleep might help. Classical music is great for that. If she's lonely, there's not much you can do, unless you're up for snuggling her. Or if she's waking cuz she's cold (my daughter does) try getting a heating bag that you throw in the microwave for a couple min and putting it under her covers by her feet. (this is the ONLY way to get my 5 yr old asleep! lol it's part of our bedtime routine and if she wakes in the middle of the night, i just grab the bag and quickly heat it back up).

Like I said, all kids go through different phases, so try some different things until you find something that works... but remember it probably won't work forever lol. I'd honestly try stopping her naps first... some kids are nappers, some aren't... and you will probably notice that by 7 or 8 pm she is ready for sleep! then YOU can relax!!!! :) good luck

Cheryl - posted on 03/15/2011

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that nap has to go go go go, i can only imagine how hard things are when youve got baba no 2 on the way, you most be shattered, but you need to find the will to fight before things spiral out of controll, i have always had problems with my one for sleeping as he had collec from birth and then became conditioned into believing when he woke up then id give him attention, hes 3 now and still have little issues every now and again. When your wee one wants to go for nap take a walk round to the shop with a scooter or a bike, then get the wee one in bed for half six, youll prob get woken up early in the morning for a while but it should even out once the wee one is used to not having a nap, the thing is that when they still take a nap during the day as long as it doesnt disrupt their sleep pattern then thats fine a friend of mines 3 year old goes for a nap about 4 till about 5.30 and will still go to bed around 8 so she clearly still needs that nap, your wee one obviously is pretty much ready to be giving it up and just needs you to kinda give a little push hope this helps and doesnt come across as cheeky, i my self have had many issues with sleep from my wee one, we still have issues from time to time now its always a work in progress and i find myself becoming complacent and then the problems arrise again

Audrey - posted on 03/15/2011

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ya i agree, dont let her get back out of bed once you have put her down for bed.she has to learn that bedtime is time for sleeping. and i would still lay her down for an early nap even if she doesnt want to sleep. i dsagree with cutting out naps. she needs them still.the problem is, she is getting overtired and contrary to popular beleif, the tireder you kid is the harder it is to get them to sleep.

EMMI - posted on 03/15/2011

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Well i have the same problem with my 3yr. it helps me sometime if i leave her bedroom light on till she goes to sleep. sometime i leave it on all night lol. even if it your kid wont sleep make her lay down about 12 no matter what and she will learn that is nap time and will eventually give in. also when she crys at night till you get up let her lay there cuz if you continue to get up everytime she crys at night youll never get any rest when you have your second believe i have 2 girls 14months apart.. lol Hope this helps.

April - posted on 03/14/2011

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This might be hard for you to do as it was for me but cut out her nap and wake her up in the mornings around 6:30 7am you'll hate doing it because baby #2 is on the way but try it for a few weeks shell complain that she's tired but if it's late don't let her nap. After a bit you can get her to take a nap at noon. It's worked for my 2 girls age 4 and 1 good luck!

Audrey - posted on 03/14/2011

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my son just turned 3 and he has an 18mth old little sister. they get up around 7:30, nap from 11 to about 2, and then go to bed around 7. i have never waivered on bedtime because i feel it is very important for them to be in bed early at this age. if either of them refuses their nap, i at least make them stay in their rooms(they share a room but my son naps in our bed) for a while just so they get some quiet time. then they have an earlier bedtime (about 6:30). we may ahbe struggles over other things but we have got sleeping down pretty good at our house. also, your little one is probably nervous about the new baby coming. maybe you could talk to her about how since she is a big girl she needs to show the new baby how to take good naps or something like that. mine was only 18mths when his little sis came so we didnt really have a problem with the adjustment. he was too little to really understand. best of luck to you and congrats on the new baby!

Lauren - posted on 03/14/2011

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hey me again i forgot to say put her to bed at the same time everynight to get her into that routin as over wise it will b allover the play and she wont no weather she is coming or going x

Lauren - posted on 03/14/2011

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i think this is where you need to put your foot down hun try a night light if u havnt got one already other than that just let her cry thats what i do with mine and she seems to be getting better u need to put it back in her memory that night time is sleep time and day time is play time cut out her naps in the day distract her with something else if you do this for a couple of week she should be ok its hard work but its worth it in the end nd a peicefull nights sleep just remember you are the boss u are her mum and what u say goes :)

Shana - posted on 03/13/2011

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Every kid will go through a restless time here and there, there bodies grow and change and that's alot when you're little, plus the new baby on the way! It might be a little more work on you for awhile but maybe start getting her up 2 hours ealier than she's used to after a few days she'll be tired enough that she'll take a nap earlier in the morning like around 11. That way even with a 2 hour nap you could maybe get her into bed between 7-8. I have a 5 year old who still hates bedtime but understands when we say it's time it's time. With her we'll spend that last hour at least cuddling on the couch reading or watching a cartoon. It calms her down and puts her in a relaxed comfortable mind before bed. Stick with a schedual and she'll catch on quick, kid's are flexible and smart.

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Hi Bre, have you considered taking your little one to a Craniosacral Therapist. They can help with disturbed sleep patterns in babies and children. They also help with releasing emotional stuff in kids, and with your 2nd one on the way, your child is probably feeling very unsettled and worried about where she is going to fit in the picture after the baby arrives. I swear by it. My daughter is 5 and a half and has only been to a doctor once in 5 years, and we use Cranio.

warmly
Dee

Trina L - posted on 03/13/2011

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I think it's unanimous: Ditch the nap. That's what I did. Kids are trial-and-error, and each one is different. Tweak your methods according to what your little one needs, not what Dr. Spock said.

Amber - posted on 03/13/2011

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Slowly move her time for naps ahead by ten min.s a week. you will get her where you want her. Also, with my little girl (will be 4 soon) she gave up naps and didn't want to sleep till1 or so. I started getting her up early and putting her to bed early. She now is in bed by 8 and sleeping by 15 after.

Ilene - posted on 03/13/2011

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Sounds to me like bad dreams. Do you stay with her until she falls asleep? Try that, also I use warm milk and chamomile tea is wonderful.

Amanda - posted on 03/13/2011

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Your daughter sounds just like my son who is 3 next week. He has always gone to bed at 7pm (since he was a few weeks old) and rarely had a daytime nap. He has always slept between 11 and 12 hrs a night and is now up every 2 hrs (he didn't even do that as a newborn)
He's a nightmare to get bed and staying in bed is another story. I put his sister (17 months) down at 7pm and he follows straight after, he has 2 books then its tuck in kiss and goodnight. He's down 2 mins and its I want a drink, I'm hungry, cold, hot, I need a wee/poo, my teddy/rabbit/turtle or whatever needs to be tucked in/read a book/needs a drink/something to eat etc, the pillow case has come off, I can't sleep. You name an excuse I've heard it.

Sorry I haven't got a solution for you, I need one myself too, but I feel your frustration

Nicole - posted on 03/12/2011

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babycenter.com and look up sleep for your child's age. something i learned the later you put a younger child to bed... the harder it is for them to stay asleep longer and their quality of sleep is poor just like them sleeping in a swing or in any sort of motion the sleep is bad sleep. they do not get fully rested. by 3 yrs old anyways MOST children do not take naps any more. and if they do they are earlier naps usually around 12 pm. and only for an hour or two depending. that nap is WAY to late in the day for her age.



now when i say later i do not mean 10 or 11 pm i mean compared to wake time vs sleep time. children at a certain should have so many hors during the day awake and more hours asleep. if they stay up longer then those so many hours they go into over tired mode and get bad sleep they hit REM sleep sooner and stay in it longer and are prone to night terrors, waking in the night and sleep walking. you need quality REM sleep to be well rested and that is the deepest part of sleep but you can not just crash into it. that is how problems start.



my daughter 1 yr old should have three hours total of day time naps split into two naps. and 11 hours of night time sleep. now nap times will decrease as night time sleep increases as she gets older. my daughter is up for the day at 9 am i am a stay at home mom so this works best for us as dad gets home late now this will change and be adjusted for when she starts school. but goes to bed at 10 pm so she can get at least 2 hours with daddy before bed. and like clock work is tired at 12 pm and again between 5 and 6. the longer nap should ALWAYS be the midmorning nap. now she has been on that since 2 months old its nice cause i expect it and yeah it stinks cause some day your dady is planned around the child but as routine progresses and gets better every one becomes more flexible.



like i can skip or push back the morning nap till 2-3 and let her sleep for three hours and she is good for the rest of the day with one 2 hour or 1.5 hour nap and i put her to bed an hour earlier. but its always around the same time she displays being tired. routine is the best way to get a better night sleeper. they know what to expect when to calm down for the day and all children need that kind of structure in their life it provides security.



for good sleep things to stay away from if possible:

night lights

tv in the bedrooms

making their bedroom a play room too

noises that aren't really white noises. like loud tv or radio

(fans, white noise baby cuddle toys being ok.)

going to bed after hitting over tired

too many naps or too long of naps.

waking up too early compared to your bed time

toys in the bed



now mind you if your child uses any of these as a security item for self soothing it would not be wise to take it away. that would only cause more havoc for bed time. but it would be wise to try and wean them and introduce new security items that would better encourage sleep.

Ann - posted on 03/12/2011

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Hello my son Jacob who is almost three started doing this after i had my twins about 10 months ago and would on ly go back to sleep at night if he was in bed with me i asked the doctor about it and she told me he was having night terrors and there was nothing really i could do about its jsut something some kids go through so i started not giving him naps at all and staying in his room for a little bit till he feel asleep and if he wakes up in the middle of the night i go in and rock him back to sleep i know its hard trust me wen the twins first came home i was getting up with them all night and the jacob would be screaming when they finally would fall asleep how this helps you

Hayley - posted on 03/12/2011

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I went through this with my daughter..I don't think getting rid of naps all together because you are going to want that time when your baby #2 comes...but what I did with my daughter was cut her naps out for a couple days until she got off that schedule and reintroduced bedtime at 7...and we would eat lunch around 11 and she would be in bed for a nap at 12. This seemed to work...It took a couple times of no naps to get her fully back in to the routine, but she did go back to napping and bedtime at a normal time. The other thing I have done is putting music in her room for naps and nightime...she loves it, as well as a night light. I have the LED ones that turn on when it gets dark. They work very well! Let me know what you have decided and how it is working for you. Good Luck!

Vicki - posted on 03/12/2011

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cut out naps if you can and try using a night light in her room so she's not in pitch black.

Hope this helps xx

Corinne - posted on 03/12/2011

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I would come up with a schudle and stick to it. For exsample in mornings we eat-playtime-songtime-lunchtime-story time- rest time. Just an exsample not acutal. Then she knows and is prepared for what the day includes. Have a routine with nap time such as with bed time. maybe lotiontime - song -book- laydown. If she is not sleeping try and get her to rest and have a mellow calming time. I had my oldest laydown with a book set a timer if he layed the whole time and did not sleep he still was more rested than not laying down. With my daughter i knew if she dose not nap before a certain time , I will make her wait it out or she will not sleep well at all. If you make a rule follow threw. It may be hard at first but consity is the key. Children like rhymatic things. So I hope this helps if not you might go to parents mag and look up ideas or look on shine on yahoo.
Good luck hang in there!

Shelbey - posted on 03/12/2011

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Try doing the count down...(ex: you have 10 minutes til nap time or bed time and keep counting down.) Another thing I would try is give her a warm bath before bed and try not to let her take late naps. We have a lullaby monitor in her room that sings lullabys and also can project up on the wall. that may help...

Jennifer - posted on 03/11/2011

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I would also try cutting naps out all together. My little boy is 4 and in the past couple weeks he's maybe taken 2 naps the whole 14 days and he's in the bed around 8 usually after falling asleep on me or somewhere else in the house. It just tires him out completely.

Rachel - posted on 03/11/2011

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Definitely either cut out naps or make a scheduled time for her to be in her room. My son is 3 and doesn't want to take naps either, but I let him take a couple toys to his room and tell him he doesn't have to sleep but he has to take a break. It helps give Mommy a nice break and I make sure to get him in an hour or two. He does fall asleep sometimes. It's also a lot easier when it gets warm to go take them outside and let them blow off steam. The more activity you do in the morning the better. I know my son can get really cranky when he doesn't take a nap. My daughter is 2 and gets cranky when it gets to about 11-12, but she's so easy. Also, while doing all this I find it best to explain what and why... my son understands he gets cranky and mean when he's tired, so he understands we need breaks and time to rest. Wish you the best of luck. Toddlers can be hard but they're oh so fun :-)

Kaliene - posted on 03/11/2011

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I am an advocate for a schedule. I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old. My four year old's schedule is she wakes up at 7:30 a.m., I have her "rest" or nap from 1 to 3. She then goes to bed at 7:30 p.m. My two year old gets up at the same time, her naps are extended she naps 12:30 to 4. A 5 p.m. nap is a recipe for disaster. If that's the case I would do dinner at 5 and have her in bed by 6. Guaranteed she'll sleep at least ten hours. Once the schedule is set, I can guarantee you will get the sleep you need.

Savona - posted on 03/11/2011

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hmm, indeed cutting out naps all together could be an option for you. Without the nap shes gonna feel exhausted by 8-9 possibly. Another possibility, if youre able to manage, is to let her stay up as late as she wants, then in the early early morning, wake her up, it might make her want to have a nap earlier if you still want her to have naps. she might be cranky, but it might help?
My daughter is 2 and a half and her bed times range anywhere between 8pm to 11pm, depends on how long I let her sleep the next morning and she doesnt nap anymore at all, Ive tried but she just doesnt want any part of it.
Hmm perhaps you might need to introduce a nightlight or soft music in her room if you havent already? Its an option if you feel comfortable with it.
The first 3 weeks after my son was born in the beginning of January, it was difficult to keep up with my daughter and then having to breast feed every couple hours, but everythings all better now and Im sure things will work out for you too =) Best of luck/wishes.

Jessica - posted on 03/10/2011

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does she have a night light? 'cause i know that really helped my son feel safer in his room at night

Casey - posted on 03/10/2011

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That sounds kinda like what i've been going through with my daughter she's three and makes up every excuse to not go to bed at night. Her bedtime is at 9 but she won't go to bed until around 11-1130, after i cut out her naps and read her a book at her 9 o'clock bedtime she has been pretty good with going to bed at her normal time.....I am also expecting a 2nd child.

Sarh - posted on 03/10/2011

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Kind of like Rosie said, but does she sleep with a teddy or something that you could put your shirt on that smells like you? Maybe having something of mommy or daddy's to sleep with would help. My fiancee tells my 5 yr old daughter that we are right down the hall and he will keep the bad guys away (her room is at the end of the hall).

Rosie - posted on 03/10/2011

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My 2 year old says she is scared. We have a night light in her room and a little lap that has a low watt light bulb. My husband also lets her hold his watch while she is sleeping. I don't know why, but it helps her sleep. She goes through fazes where she will sleep all night in her bed and other nights where she gets into our bed. Good luck!

Ashleigh Jade - posted on 03/10/2011

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Yeh i agree with erin about her sensing a change coming (the baby). And i also agree with cut out the naps.!

Hope all goes well with the birth of your next child!

Erin - posted on 03/10/2011

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It could be just she is strating to get worried about baby no 2 how far away are you? i know my children had a few problems when i was soon to be due with our 3rd child how would she go if you where to try keep her up instead of having a late afternoon nap maybe have dinner a little earlier. best of luck

Tessa - posted on 03/09/2011

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let her nap in the mornings, but no late naps. if she is waking up at night and is scared then I would recommend a night light, my daughter used to wake up with nightmares and we got her a night light and now she sleeps through every night. if when she wakes up all she does is yell for you and she ISNT scared, then firmly explain to her that that is unacceptable behaviour and that she is a big girl and can hop up and come get you. My daughter did that for a while and it turned into .... following me into the bathroom, dropping a toy and telling me to get it for her ect...

Karli - posted on 03/09/2011

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My son did the same thing around 3.5 yrs old.I found that the best thing to do is take away the nap and bump bed time up to 7-7:30. It works for us. It gets pretty crazy around 4:30-5:00, I can definitely tell that he hasn't had a nap so I try to get him to help me prepare dinner or we read a couple of stories for 30 mins or we might do our bath time then and it seems to help get passed the "cranky hour" as I call it. Then it's dinner time, story and song time and he falls asleep pretty quickly. I hope it helps.

Misty - posted on 03/09/2011

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I agree, get rid of the naps or dont let her nap longer than 45min always b4 5pm... We have been putting our girls to bed at 8pm since My first child... granted sometimes they are up at like 7am... and then again sometimes the stay up and play in their room till midnight.... maybe a nightlight would help or a musical toy...

September - posted on 03/09/2011

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I would suggest cutting the nap altogether and putting her down earlier. I'm guessing that she's going to sleep so late at night because she naps so late in the day. Try cutting the nap and putting her down around 8 and see what happens. Personally, that's what I would do. Good luck!

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