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My dd has stopped falling asleep at the breast, she just nurses and nurses and gets more and more hyper. NO matter what time we lay down (we cosleep) she will not fall asleep. This is now halppening at nap time too. I just spent 2 hours nursing on and off only to get frustrated and say we ar getting up!!! No nap today. I am really tired and she is a grumpy tantrum throwing (not normal for her ) 2yo. THis has now gone on for over a month. DD #2 is due 7/27. I wonder if she is experiencing stress over this big change coming up or what is going on. How can w
 

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My sympathies - my dd gets harder and harder to get to sleep in the summer months. She is also two, I'm due another baby 8 July and am worried about how I will cope. We have a bedtime routine and blackout curtains - dispite this dd won't go to sleep until its dark outside, even when lights out have been out for 45 min+.<br><br>
Sorry I don't know the solution - exept for things like the Elizabeth pantley sleep books - I don't know if you've tried these or not.<br><br>
DD has also got very cranky - she has just started going to sleep at her old winter time - just from overtiredness I think, but last summer that never happened and she went to bed later and later until the nights started to draw in again. I think its a well known thing - perhaps some kids are more light sensitive than others...<br><br>
Is there more disruption / noise outside during the summer months where you are?<br><br>
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My ds is also hard to settle, has been getting worse since we moved last October. Naps don't always happen, and sometimes it takes me telling him I'm just going to lie down and sleep and he can play by himself -- that's not something he wants to do, mind you -- and he immediately wants to lie down with me and nurses to sleep. But he often doesn't fall asleep for nap until after 2 pm, at nigth 10-11
 

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Have you tried eliminating the nap? DD was going to sleep really late for a while (11-12-1) and then when we finally just dropped that nap she moved that nicely up to 9pm.<br><br>
Additionally, how is your milk supply doing? Is the colustrum in yet? Either a diminished supply or the milk change could also be bothering her.<br><br>
How is the light in your room? I know around here (WA) it is still light pretty late and everyone else is outside playing which really sets the kids up for thinking 9pm is more like 6-7pm.
 

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We co-sleep and found that taking out the nap in the afternoon the best thing otherwise we too would be going to bed at the same time as dd be it 11 or 3am - it was really awful and very draining. The nap thing really helped alot, however I do agree with Tiredx2 in that it could be the change in your milk that dd isn't liking either. I can only sympathise with you and offer you all the best for your new baby whose arriving (we have the same due dates <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> ).<br>
Take care of yourself and enjoy the last few weeks with just dd before new babe arrives.
 

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how can you tell if emlimating the nap is the right thing to do? My ds (almost 2) stays up too late alot of the time, however the past 2 nights he has been asleep by 8:30 after a lot of hard work on my part. He is just restless when he nurses and has a hard time being still. A few days ago he missed his nap because we were out running around and he crashed out by 7 for the night. I don't know though, I could tell by the end of the day that he was really struggling with being tired so I am not sure that never napping is a good idea for him either. Maybe just a shorter nap, say 30 or 40 minutes instead of 1 1/2 hours. I also agree that summertime lends itself to later nights, we are so affected by the sun, I think even more so for little ones.
 

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We had the same problems with our 21mo dd. We tried taking out her nap during the day, but it didn't have too much affect on her bedtime. She got really cranky the two hours before I wanted to lay her down, and then was cranky for days afterwards.<br>
I'm blaming the whole thing on her molars coming in...or the sun going down after 10pm here. But I'm pining for a solution to our little 'challenge' myself.
 

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My dd did the same thing around 18 mos and we figured out she just did not need the nap. She does get cranky so we pop in a dvd at around 4pm and let her have a half hour of rest time. That is the only thing that gets us through that cranky time and allows her to perk up in time for dinner. She then lets us know when she is ready for bed, usually around 8pm.
 

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In saying that we eliminated dd's nap if she happened to fall asleep we didn't try to stop it if she needed that little extra time then she needed it, I just didn't propose the nap - if she fell asleep I put her to bed if she didn't, she didn't and went to bed slightly earlier. It just seemed to work for us.
 

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I think I will try the nap thing. Yesterday she actually fell asleep at 845 pm after not having the nap. Today we laid in bed and nursed but she didn't fall asleep so we are doing quiet play,doing play do for an hour. I will be interested to see if I can get her down early tonight. The increased daylight does not help-even I don't really want to be inside the house until it is dark!! Sometimes she is very cranky if she misses her nap I will just have to see how she does. Thanks for the ideas.
 
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