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#1 of 4 Old 06-14-2011, 09:00 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi Mamas

My two year old has, over the past two months or so, gone from a very easy twenty-minute sleep routine to taking 90 minutes to get to sleep.  During that time, he has given up nursing to sleep.  But the rocking, back rubbing, parenting to sleep thing just isn't working.  Neither does laying him down in his bed by himself.

 

Could the problem be that he still naps?  He could easily sleep three hours a day, but I started cutting his naps short due to these bedtime struggles, so now he sleeps 90 minutes to two hours a day. 

 

Oh, we've done the same routine since about four months and, oddly enough, he has started sleeping for longer stretches at night since giving up nursing to sleep.

 

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Any suggestions?


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I think cutting the nap down is a great idea-would you be able to keep it to 90 min?  My boys never really napped that long at all, so I have no idea if it's hard to cut it down.  Does your partner help put your toddler to sleep?  Would that make a difference?  I found that when I weaned my first from nursing to sleep I couldn't put him to bed for awhile. 

 

I have to wear my kids out and get the timing right where they aren't overtired if I want an easy, quick bedtime.  Lots of neighborhood walks before dinner, and I've started doing dinner and bed pretty much right after unless they need a bath, in order for it to be a quick bedtime.  Otherwise if we eat and linger they get riled up again-a second wind.  Especially if my toddler hasn't napped that day! 

 

Good luck!  Wearing them out is my first line of defense always...but I know it's hard to do that when you've got to make dinner too.  Hope it gets better soon!  Mary


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thanks Mary.  I know what you mean about wearing them out.  I often compare my two youngest to puppies - they need their daily run!


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Ha!  I call mine puppies too!  They definitely need that run!  I know how hard it is-it will get better and even out in time I'm sure.  Just keep going...maybe he just needs to get used to the new routine also.  Mary


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