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My Toddler Never Sleeps

By dearcrissy |

I have memories of my little brother falling asleep in random places when we were children. When he was a toddler, he would often fall asleep on our sofa, in a chair, or even smack dab in the middle of the floor.

In fact, I have seen plenty of little ones passed out in unusual places, but never my own.

I can actually count on one hand the times Evan has ever fallen asleep during the day on his own, without being put in his crib for a forced nap.

The very few times he has fallen asleep on the couch, my husband and I have been immediately convinced that he must be sick, or that something is terribly wrong. It is just so rare!

Evan is also extremely reluctant to go to bed at night, and we have a major fit every single night before bed. It’s just like he doesn’t want to give up on his day, and he refuses to wave the white flag.

Evan is a big 2-year-old, but still sleeping in a crib, because he just hasn’t tried to climb out yet. He screams, cries, and begs to get out, but hasn’t scaled the walls on his own.

I feel like the crib is the only thing that ensures he actually take the occasional nap. What happens when the crib is gone, and I can’t force him to rest during the day?

Does your toddler hate sleep?

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Crissy is a blogger and stay at home mom who resides in the Midwest with her two children. She has contributed to Babble, allParenting, BabyCenter and New Parent. In addition to writing, she also adores photography. More of her work can be found on her website, Dear Crissy.

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8 thoughts on “My Toddler Never Sleeps

  1. Christine says:

    Audrey refused to sleep in her crib. She got a twin bed at 19 months because we could lay with her and it was the only way she was happy. It made a huge difference.

    She LOVES her big girl bed.

  2. melissa portillo says:

    my daughter is 17months and still wakes up in the night… i have tried everything even making her stay awake all day it doesnt help. with my son whos now 5 he was sleeping through the night from 6weeks… i am truly at a loss

  3. Jen says:

    My 2 1/2 year old daughter is exactly the same. The only two places she has ever fallen asleep was in my lap and in her car seat. And falling asleep in the car seat usually requires illness, hysterical crying, or complete exhaustion.

    Every nap and bedtime is a fight. I’ve gone as long as a week on two hours of sleep every other day.

  4. Kali says:

    J will be 2 1/2 in April. He’s still in his crib because he’s also a big guy who hasn’t yet scaled the Everest of his Ikea crib. I’ve got the side rails from Ikea, and my mom is bringing his new toddler bed down for his very merry unbirthday in April. I haven’t switched him because though he does sleep, he just doesn’t do so great of a job at it. He’s up for a half hour after we put him in, no matter if he goes to bed on time or we keep him up an extra hour. And he wakes up at 5 am, and the crib keeps him safe and contained for a bit as 5 am isn’t exactly my cup of tea. He could probably be set free without incident but I don’t know if either of us are ready.

  5. Samira says:

    My daughter is 15 months she sleeps in her crib and occasionally her car seat or stroller if purely exhausted with much fighting and lots of rocking we can sometimes convince her to sleep in her pack n play for overnights at grandpa’s but for the most part forget it. When put into her crib though no fight just bottle of water blankie and ni ni mommy loves you and maybe 5 minutes of fit cuz she don’t wanna give up yet and out like a light.

  6. suzanne says:

    My daughter is the same way, but she is in a toddler bed now which means it is VERY difficult to get her to stay in it for a nap. Not that the crib helped. I spent three weeks laying on the floor of her room with her in the crib, just trying to get her to take a nap. It worked only twice. Now, I have to lay in the bed with her to even attempt “quiet time”. This has become more difficult with a newborn little sister who requires me to nurse and rock her at the same time. I wish someone would reply with a brilliant idea!

  7. Amanda West says:

    I’ve known a few parents to give their LO’s melatonin to help them sleep at night and stay a sleep.

  8. Emma says:

    My son is 3 and has always been a nightmare at night. I used to get up and down as much as every 20 minutes or so all thru the night. I was a walking zombie and it had a major effect on my health. I tried everything to avoid the ‘leaving him to scream’ tactic. Eventually i bit the bullet and thought im going to leave him to cry. and the first night was horrific, the second not much better but the 3rd, 4th just got better and better! he sleeps fine now… I wont be tiptoeing around him anymore! Would recommend this method for daytime and nighttime naps, but only if you have the self discipline to stick to it!

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