My 2 year old son used to be a great sleeper, he'd sleep from 7 til 7 everyday, with a 2 hour nap, for the longest time, then when my parents stayed for a week's visit around his 2nd birthday, his sleep schedule got messed up, he started waking up at 5 every morning, I tried changing nap and bed times for over a month but nothing worked, so I just dealt with the early mornings, which carried on for months. For the last few weeks he's been taking at least an hour, sometimes 2, to fall asleep at night.. (he used to be asleep within 20 minutes every night) I cut his nap down, I even cut his nap out completely for a couple days, which helped, both days he's not napped he's gone to sleep within 10 minutes at night, and slept for almost 12 hours, but he is very miserable late afternoon, and gets upset at every little thing, if he naps whether it's for 10 minutes or an hour, he takes forever to fall asleep at night, and it's driving me crazy, I really do think he still needs a nap during the day, I'm just wondering what time to put him down at night where he will fall asleep quickly and not take over an hour to fall asleep and lose out on sleep. Putting him to bed later than 7 has never worked in the past, I'm wondering if it might help now that he's a little older? he wakes up between 6 and 7, and when I do let him nap I wake him up no later than 1pm. I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problem and what they did about it?
Thanks for your time.