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Naptime trouble. Need suggestions.

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Our ds, 14 months, isn't the best sleeper. He's always been really restless in his sleep. Since about 9 months, he's just been taking one nap a day. To be happy for the rest of the afternoon and evening, he needs 2-2 1/2 hours of sleep at naptime. Usually about once or twice a week he'll take a nap of this length, and when he wakes up I'll hear him talking or laughing over the monitor and when I get him he's cheerful and ready to go.

But, the other days of the week, he'll wake up crying after only an hour of sleep. Nothing I do will get him back to sleep. I really don't mind the shorter length of his nap, but when he doesn't sleep the full 2-2 1/2 hours, he's cranky, miserable and whiney for the rest of the day. It's so aggrevating to know that he needs more sleep, but he won't give in and take it.

Of course I'm opposed to CIO, and have never used it, but one day I thought maybe I'd let him cry for a few minutes in case he would simmer back down and go to sleep. He cried for seven minutes before I decided it was useless, and spent the rest of the day rubbing his eyes and acting fussy and sleepy.

I'm not sure what the problem is. He goes to bed with a pretty full tummy. The room he sleeps in is in our finished basement. It has no windows, and is completely quiet except for the exhaust fan I leave running in the adjoining bathroom. He is teething pretty badly right now, so maybe that's part of the problem....

but what do I do????? I'm getting frustrated at the poor little guy being miserable all afternoon, when I know that all he needs is another hour of sleep.

Any suggestions, anyone?

lisa
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Have you tried nursing him back to sleep, or maybe taking a nap with him? My kids were never nappers, (5 kids) unless in was in my lap. I currently have a 2 year old and a 1 year old of napping age and the only time either one naps is when they are nursing or if I am holding them (sometimes in their slings they nap too) I just keep doing what ever and they fall asleep. My 2 year old get cranky with out her afternoon nap sometimes, so I usually just sit down and nurse her and she falls asleep in my lap. Maybe napping on the couch would make your son feel more comfortable about not being so far away from you. Good luck.
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My ds went through something similar about the time he went from 2 naps to just 1 a day. He'd take a nap in the a.m. and then not one in the afternoon - when he really needed it! And talk about grumpy! I started giving him a "rest" in the afternoon where I would lay down with him and nurse him and rub his back or tummy. He often wouldn't sleep but he would lay quietly for up to 40 minutes. Sometimes he fell asleep. Eventually he transitioned to an afternoon nap and no morning one and that worked out better. So maybe a rest might help.

I bet the teething might be affecting his sleep too. DS does not sleep well at night when he's teething (though he naps fine). Hopefully this will pass soon for both of you.

All the best,
Sally
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Dd (14 months) has never been a good night sleeper or napper. Actually at one point she was a pretty good night sleeper until I started tinkering with her naps (tyring to prolong them as you are asking about) based on suggestions from NCSS. Her naps never got longer and her night sleep fell apart... and this was over 9 months ago. Anyway, she did and still does have a 37 minute sleep cycle and if I'm not right there when she goes through this transistion, she is awake for good. No chance to get her back to sleep. I finally just realized that her sleep is important enough to her health (and my mental health when she's awake) to just get a book or magazine and lay in there with her (we co-sleep and she naps on our bed). She rolls over, MAYBE cracks an eye open to see me there, then goes back to sleep. She'll get in a 2 - 2.5 hour nap this way and is the MOST pleasant person when awake. Like your ds, she's a bear if she doesn't get this long nap. The only place she'll nap long "on her own" is in her carseat (and then she only started that when we got the Britax Marathon). This probably isn't any help, but I know where you're coming from at least.
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