Is My Toddler Sleeping Too Much?Beth Anne Ballance
It’s no secret that we’ve been having trouble getting our three-year-old to go to sleep. It started this summer with the thunderstorms and him not wanting to sleep alone due to fear. Then we moved to a new house and he’s sleeping in his room, except he sneaks into our bed usually around 5 AM. Which is fine. Whatever, that will stop at some point and it’s not like my husband and I are doing naughty things at 5 AM.
Unless you count dreaming about James Marsden as Gideon Cross because RAWR.
But I have to admit that I am getting pretty irritated at completely losing my night to my refusing-to-go-to-sleep toddler. It’s 9 PM and I am sitting outside his door, wishing I was writing or watching Vampire Diaries or heck, even doing the dishes. Something besides having 2-3 hours of my evening completely consumed by bed time. I’m starting to wonder if he is honestly, truly not tired at 8pm since he naps 2-3 hours at daycare. But if that’s the case, what on earth can I do about it?
It’s in their schedule to nap from lunch to 3pm. I guess I could ask them to nudge him awake at 2pm and hand him a book, but honestly, I cannot see him sitting on his mat quietly after being woken up. I would bet that he’d cry inconsolably because that’s just how he wakes up, and that would disturb the other kids that need the nap.
I could let him stay up later, but that doesn’t feel right either. A three year old up at 9:30pm? Plus, when would my husband and I get time alone?
Oof. This three-year-old sleep stuff is tough stuff. Is anyone else running into this issue? What helped fix it?
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