Why does my two year old cry after a nap?

Tanesha - posted on 04/20/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My two year old son wakes up everyday after a nap crying. He cries for about 10-15 minutes. We try to console him the best we can and he resists and continues to cry. Any advice on how to handle this?

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Angie - posted on 04/20/2011

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Maybe try cuddling w/ him right after the nap. Sit in a quiet place (preferably in his room still) and read to him for a bit before reintroducing him to the "world." Maybe he is just disoriented after his nap and needs to reconnect w/ you first.

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My 2 year-old does this, but it's mostly because she's angry that she "allowed" herself to go to sleep (she actually told me something similar to that one time. I asked her what was wrong and she said "I fall asleep Mommy. I want to watch Barbie and I fall asleep!" lol). Then again, my daughter's a control freak and if she doesn't intentionally do something she gets upset about it later...

I usually just hold on to her and snuggle a bit. Then I get her doing whatever she was doing when she fell asleep (like today - she was watching a Barbie movie while I was cleaning up from lunch and getting some laundry in the machine). That usually makes her happy. :)

Stifler's - posted on 04/21/2011

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Mine does this too he's 15 months. I swear they have daymares. Or he has a really wet nappy.

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Tamara - posted on 10/06/2013

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My 15 month old daughter wakes up crying at night if she doesn't have a nap....I think she has nightmares cause she just seems scared & doesn't want anyone but then I cuddle & give her favorite night time stuff animal doggie & she rubs it & goes to sleep I was worried but I'm thinking it's nightmares or she's so tired from missing her nap

Elfrieda - posted on 04/23/2011

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Are you waking him up and then he cries, or does he wake on his own, crying? I know when we rush my 16 month old because we have to go somewhere, he feels disoriented and cries. (that's when we go find the cat, just like Sasha said) If we leave him alone in his crib for 15ish minutes after he wakes up, he is cheerful when we get him.

Tammy - posted on 04/22/2011

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My son has woken up crying for a long time. Now I just consider it normal. Its on the odd occasion where he wont wake up and cry out. Sometimes if I lay down with him and give him a cuddle, he will go back to sleep. Otherwise I try to distract him. His crying usually lasts for at least a few minutes.

Sasha - posted on 04/22/2011

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My 16 month old has started doing that. It's really upsetting to see him so upset. And he doesn't really want comforting from me which makes it harder still. I pick him up and take him straight to look at our german shepherd and he cheers right up. It's crazy how fast that works. If you've got any animals in the house I'd definitely recommend that. Works like a charm for us.

Firebird - posted on 04/20/2011

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He probably just has a hard time waking up. I'm usually pretty cranky when I first wake up too. I looooove sleeping! Angie's got a great idea, also check for the standard upsets like Bonnie suggests. You can also try letting him become fully awake in a slightly darkened environment, speaking in low, mono-toned voices. Going from sleeping to awake in a short period of time can be hard for some people... like me lol

Bonnie - posted on 04/20/2011

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It could be a number of things. Maybe he is still tired, hungry, thirsty, wet diaper?

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My son does that a lot. So when he starts, I start playing around. Like hiding behind a blanket, like peak-a-boo. It seems to help sometimes, but I also agree with Monica, have something in the background.

Monica - posted on 04/20/2011

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maybe scary dream i know if i leave cartoons or something on it helps my daughter

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