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#1 of 3 Old 02-10-2013, 10:43 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My daughter is 22months, and for about the last 6 months, she has was i can only describe as endless energy...which worries me..

 

For example and normal day would start with her waking around 7am, jumping in her crib non stop for an hour or two, after breakfast she runs and plays, very difficult to keep her held or still, she throws a fit if u try, during her afternoon nap she normally chooses to jump in her crib for another hour or so, rarely sleeps. Later in the evening when we put her to bed she continues to jump in her bed for awhile until she falls asleep.

 

Anyone else have a crazy jumping toddler? energy.gif

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It could be normal, or it could be a sensory thing (underreactive to movement, suggesting sensory-seeking to stimulate the vestibular system).  Does she seem to crave a lot of intense physical activity in general (running, jumping, spinning, constant roughhousing), or just the jumping?  Is it only happening at certain times, or almost constantly?  Sometimes kids go through phases with a certain motor activity (while they're developing or refining a skill).  But if it seems like she does it ALL the time, that's something to make a note of.  

 

If it's a concern, you'll want to have an evaluation for Occupational Therapy (OT) to rule out sensory issues as the cause.    

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My 15mo is a crib jumper, although not quite that much lol!  She does like to go-go-go but my background in dog training taught me that some animals/kids need to be taught how to have down time - in other words too much focus on physical activity in an attempt to drain energy can backfire bc it just increases their stamina and they never learn how to be calm.

 

First question - what's her diet like?  How much is processed or contains refined carbs/sugars? Or in some cases, food allergies and intolerances can lead to hyperactivity.

 

Next - what kind of mental stimulation does she get?  Things like games or puzzles that involve thinking and concentration, sensory bags/bins/bottles, stuff that uses imagination.  Winding down requires equal parts tired body and tired brain.

 

And if she really just likes the sensation of jumping how about one of those toddler/kid mini trampolines with the handle on it?

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