1 yo screams and cries at nap time

Nicole - posted on 04/11/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Help!! My 1 yo has always been on a great schedule. 2 naps a day. 1 in the morn and 1 in the afternoon. All I do is lay him down in his crib and he puts his self to sleep with no problems. But recently when I lay him down he screams and cries for 30 minutes. It kills me to hear him throw these fits as I'm not use to having this problem. If I go in his room to try and calm him down it just makes him worse. I feel bad letting him cry but I know he needs his naps. And I know I need my alone time as well. Just wondering is this just a phase?

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Jennifer - posted on 04/12/2013

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Would you be able to help my son with telling him when he should take naps in his crib

Nicole - posted on 04/12/2013

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Thanks Elfrieda! I give it a try and see. That's usually his lunch time though. But I could feed him at 11 then put him down at 11:30. I'll see how it goes.

Elfrieda - posted on 04/11/2013

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It might be a phase, just an "I'm exercising my power" thing, or maybe he's ready to move to one nap in the afternoon and is just not tired enough to sleep for two naps.
If you decide to try it, go for an 11:30 am nap as the "afternoon" nap and give him a bit of an earlier bedtime to begin with, just to ease him into it. That worked for my son, also I went out with him in the morning or had friends over, just to keep him alert and interested in the world so he wouldn't sleep until the afternoon nap. After about a week of cranky adjusting, he started sleeping several hours in the afternoon and being cheerful in the morning with no nap.

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