temper tantrums after waking up from a nap

Sarah - posted on 07/02/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I dont know why my almost 2 and a half year old has been doing this every day after her nap for some weeks.... after a few minutes after she wakes up she will just have a melt down! She doesnt have night mares. And she sleeps good. This only happens at nap time. Not in the morning. No matter what I do she will not calm down for like...sometimes almost an hour!!!!!!! I will let her stay in her room, she tells me she wants to be alone and go away! But I think its too much so I say I am in the other room and she will slam the door shut! I hug her to try to get her to stop....but when I take her out of the room she just starts up again....

Anyone in the same situation, been here, or have any ideas how to stop this?

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Katherine - posted on 07/02/2012

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My daughter doesn't seem scared either. Just angry as all get out. She kicks and screams, the whole nine yards! I don't know what else to do but let her ride it out.

Brianna - posted on 01/16/2014

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I know this is really old but it still shows up on Google when searching for this topic. I have struggled with this as well, so you aren't alone! I figured someone else Googling this may benefit from what has worked for me.

First, the second I hear him whimpering when waking up, I try to scoop him up with the light off and rock him a little bit. If I can, I put a cup of water or milk nearby before he wakes up because sometimes getting a drink helps.

If I hear a full blown cry, I try to lay by him and rub his back. Normally the rocking and comforting do little and his tantrum gets worse. I have found that if I leave a drink and leave the room with the door open, eventually he will calm down slightly.

Then, my trick is to sit down on the floor with his crayons and coloring book, not say a word, not even make eye contact, and start coloring. The key is to wait at least a few minutes before trying it. He quickly comes over and watches me. Then grabs the crayon and is back to himself. If your child loves coloring or another activity, try it! They see someone "having fun" without giving their tantrum attention and want to join :) At least my experience. Sorry this is so long and good luck.

Marcie - posted on 01/08/2015

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I didn't know what to do I thought my 22 month old son was I don't know upset about something but for the past month or more everyday he takes his afternoon nap he wakes up and a few minutes later throws a huge tantrum for atleast half and hour to forty five minutes. Before when it first started I would be a little irritated not knowing what to do but now I just try to pick him up to comfort him and if he throws himself around I just place him on the floor and let him kick and scream it out until he gets it out of his system.

Good to know that I'm not the only one and that this is actually quite normal.

Sarah - posted on 07/02/2012

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Hmmm... I didnt think it was night terrors or mares because this has never happened at night. Only after a nap :S And its an every day thing! But if that is true I wonder why only in the nap not in the night? She doesnt seem scared

Kingpin - posted on 10/28/2013

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My daughter does this too! And when she starts up her after nap tantrums it's so hard to get her out of her funk! I try to cuddle her, put a favourite kids show on for her, offer her water etc and she just screams at me and runs to her room...eventually I just give up and let her have her tantrum and she calms down 10-15-30-40-60 minutes later though... :/

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Julie - posted on 07/03/2012

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some kids take their time coming round from a nap. my daughter was similar so i would just leave her to come round on her own. i would put her down for her nap and stay for a minute with her then leave the room leaving the doors open when she is asleep i would go in with a drink and put it within easy sight and reach for when she wakes up. listen out for her waking up but dont go in the room just leave her to come out herself. so long as the room is safe she should be fine. i would sometimes go in to my daughter when it quiet and sneek a peek and she would be sat laying or just relaxing. some kids want cuddles after wking some dont you just have one fo those that doesnt just leave her. even if she starts up just leave her walk out of the room and dont go back untill its quiet. my daughter would throw a tantrum for the sake of it sometimes i think and i just learnt to ignore her and leave her to it she soon calmed down and was bakc to her usual loving self

Katherine - posted on 07/02/2012

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Yes! My 3 year old wakes up at night and does this. She will tantrum for a good 15 minutes before I can get her settled down. I think she is having night terrors. She will tell me the next day she had a bad dream. She is not even awake when this happens.

I don't think there IS any way to stop it. I just let her have it out and stay by her.

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