My 14 month old will sleep for like 2-3 hours in the nighttime then be up full of energy! What should I do?!

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User - posted on 12/27/2012

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is he/she taking a nap during the day? If so, If its longer than an hour I would cut it back, cuz they could be sleepin too long during the day. I have also heard that sometoddlers dont take a nap because of not wanting to sleep at night. When mine was that age I think he was sleeping about an hour at noon till 1 everyday, if he slept more than that he didnt want to go to bed at night. I have noticed also that if their nap is later in the afternoon they dont really wanna go to sleep. Good LUck!

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Heather - posted on 01/10/2013

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I ended up having to create a routine for my daughter, so that she knew "this is what we do before bed" It would be dinner,tub time, brush our teeth, rocking for a little while while mommy sings lullaby's and then bed. She would get an hour to two hours of sleep for nap time during the day, but with this routine, she slept straight through the night. The only issue is if we break routine, this confuses her and she winds up waking up in the night.

Shannon - posted on 01/03/2013

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sometimes children get night and day mixed up but if this is not the case talk to your Dr and get Melatonin to help your child sleep. Some children can't sleep all night naps or no naps. Hope this helps.

Shannon

Gigi - posted on 01/02/2013

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I don't know how old your toddlers are, but when my was 18 months she would have a nap from 12-2:30pm and if she slept longer/later than that during the day, she would not be tired for bedtime at 7:30. It was always a fine line with her and after few days of going to night sleep later, she would start substituing night sleep with longer naps. If I would let her sleep until 5pm, she would not be tired again until midnight.
It just goes to show how different children are.

Rochel - posted on 01/01/2013

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My rule is no sleeping a nap past 5pm, I wake at that point no matter what. If they sleep a 6 hours nap ofcourse they will not sleep at night, its a toddlers not a newborn at this point. 2-3 hr nap max and 11-12 at night. However you structure it for your schedule is up to you. I do 8am wake nap 130-430 night 8pm. I put my younger one in bed at 7pm and my older in bed at 8pm, because they share a room and this way my 5 mos is in deep sleep.

User - posted on 01/01/2013

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Im not saying you are wrong in any way, I am just confused, if you can help me understand. If a toddler takes a nap at 2 pm and you let him sleep, but he sleeps until 8pm. His bed time is at 9pm, do you still expect him to sleep at 9? I am on a strict schedule. my sons nap time is at 2 at the most he will ever sleep is 2 1/2 to 3 hrs, but if he sleeps any more than that I know for a fact he will not go to sleep at his bedtime, even at three hours its pushing it. He also sleeps 12-13 hrs at night. I am just wondering if a child is trying to sleep all day and you are trying to convert the majority of their sleep over to night time why wouldnt you wake them up during their nap?
I dont like to wake him up but if I know it will effect his night time sleep I will do it. It is important that they do sleep well and have enough of it. I am blessed though that I dont have this issue, he knows when bed time is and he wakes up about the same time everyday.

Rochel - posted on 12/30/2012

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did you ever sleep train your child? like stated above don't shorten the nap at 14 mos your LO should get 11-12 hrs of sleep a night and 1 3 hours nap or 2 naps of 1.5 hours a day. Sleep begets sleep always, so good sleep produces good sleep. You child sounds like they just dont know how to put themselves back asleep since all children naturally wake its just a matter of knowing how to put yourself back to sleep. This is an important tool we teach our babies so they get good sleep and can grow cognitively and physcially when they sleep long stretches. I would just turn off the monitor volume if you know everything is ok and eventually they will fall back asleep and each night they will do it quicker because they will learn that you aren't coming into play and its night night time not day time. Get your child a book on sleep that has pictures and shows how a little one sleeps at night.

User - posted on 12/30/2012

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Yea it sounds like she is used to how things are going right now, itll be a transition for her, but sounds like a much needed one. Having tv on at night or other distractions will want her to stay up. Like during the day the tv is on, people talk and do various things when they are awake. She could be associating things like these when its night time, so she could think she should stay up. Setting a firm schedule, itll be hard for the first few nights, but dont give in, it wont take long, just a few days and thigns will get better.
I stay on a schedule everyday, of course witht he exceptions if hes sick or we have to go out and stuff. I had an issue with mine a few times and it didnt take long, maybe 3 days or so to get back to normal. Every child is different but having any child on a schedule works.
I agree with gigi, its really important to differentiate between night and day. For us we start at 8 pm. We turn off the light, we talk softer, theres no big noises, we try to be calmer, and we dont play with him much. He expects things to happen, and "helps" out like brushing his teeth, bringing his stuffed animals to bed, etc. But he does calm down with us, hes not wild running around as much as he is during the day. But yea it just shows them that at night time, we are quite and its time to get ready for bed.
For us now, we put him to bed at 9pm and he sleeps until 8 am. When we put him down he does talk and play for about 30 min. but we keephim in bed and dont have any big noises around him, his lights are off, we check on him eveyr now and then, but we just tuck him in the covers and whisper him good night. I dont stay with him either to fall asleep,if I try he just stays up longer and longer.
Having a shorter nap and wakin up earlier shoul help too. Wish ya the best!

Gigi - posted on 12/30/2012

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Well, if you let her sleep half of the day she will have sleep routine completely off. Wake her up in the morning and have a normal day routine with naps only and put her to bed at evening at the same time with same routine. We have brush teeth, bath, pyjamas, stpry and lights out, for us that works. Its the routine thats important not the sequence.
If she already settled into having "night" sleep during the day it will be hard first few days and she will get very tired. Maybe you should transition her in stages, so every day less and less sleep during the day until all she is having is her nap.
It is up to you to set the routine for her and she will be better off for it.

Amanda - posted on 12/29/2012

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She is up now as I write this ugh! She didn't sleep all day today but woke up at 2pm then went to sleep at 10 pm then woke up at 1 am!!! Omg. Nd it's 5 am now and if I turn the tv off she'll talk and play in her crib in the dark then whine and then play again she never cries though thank goodness, but this schedule is making me more tired and I'm losing it lol I'm going to try and wake her up early tomm, and see if that works, crossing my fingers!

Gigi - posted on 12/29/2012

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Yes. but obviously her toddler is not like that. Some kids can sleep for 16 hours every day, some need less sleep.
I also think that OP should cut down the nap time and see how it goes. It worked for us. Do you also keep things "quiet" in the night when he wakes up? Talking in low tones, keeping the room dark, things like that?

Cleaver - posted on 12/28/2012

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no do not cut off nap time the more they sleep the better they sleep and the better behaved they are my son naps for 3 hours a day and sleeps his nights when he doesn't nap he doesn't fall asleep until 10-11 this is not just my son i know other toddlers that are like this

Amanda - posted on 12/27/2012

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Thank yu! I tried to lessen her nap today tp 30 mins, so hopefully this works.

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